LOVE triangle killer Karla Biddle has been jailed for seven years for the manslaughter of her rival who she stabbed to death at the home of their two-timing boyfriend.
After more than 17 hours over four days at the end of Biddle’s trial, a jury at Warwick Crown Court found her not guilty of murdering 30-year-old Emma Bradshaw. But by a majority of ten to two the jury found her guilty of an alternative offence of manslaughter.
The foreman indicated that they hadreached their conclusion on the basis that Biddle had been acting under provocation from Emma.
And Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said that meant Biddle had to be sentenced on the basis that she did not take the knife with her when she went to Ashley Watson’s home, but that Emma had got it and taken it into the hallway.
Biddle, 32, of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood, had denied murdering Emma, of Clarence Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, during the incident on May 14 last year.
Biddle’s boyfriend since school, Ashley Watson, was also in a relationship with Emma, and that morning, the day she considers their anniversary, Biddle went to his home in Berkeley Road, where Emma had spent the night.
Prosecutor Mark Wall QC alleged she went in armed with a kitchen knife and stabbed Emma twice in the abdomen.
A struggle between them then carried on in the street, before Biddle left and Emma went to a nearby house and then back to the road where she, and died shortly after being rushed to hospital.
But in her evidence Biddle said she went there to ask Emma if anything was going on between her and Ashley, and that Emma came towards her in the hallway with the knife.
Judge Griffith-Jones said: “It is an absolute tragedy. She was a very much loved and valuable person whose death has left a great loss to those around her. I can only inadequately express my condolences to them.
“This case is an absolute tragedy in which there are no winners, only losers.”