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Biddle manslaughter sentence branded "an injustice"

A BERKELEY Road resident has described the seven-year sentence love triangle killer Karla Biddle received as a ‘total injustice.’

A BERKELEY Road resident has described the seven-year sentence love triangle killer Karla Biddle received as a ‘total injustice.’

On Monday a jury at Warwick Crown Court found Biddle, 32, of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood not guilty of murdering 30-year-old Emma Bradshaw.

But by a majority of ten to two the jury found her guilty of manslaughter by provocation.

The nearby neighbour who did not wish to be named was in her house on May 14 last year when the killing took place.

“I saw and heard enough on that day to know that justice has not been done,” she said.

“The sentence should have been longer, if not for murder. Seven years is a disgrace, she will probably be out in three years. I dread to think what the family must be going through.”

Earlier in the trial, the court heard Biddle’s long-term partner Ashley Watson was sleeping with both women but could not bring himself to tell either the truth.

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said Biddle had to be sentenced on the basis that she did not take the knife with her when she went to Mr Watson’s home on Berkeley Road, but that Emma had got it and taken it into the hallway.

“This case is an absolute tragedy in which there are no winners, only losers,” he said.

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 collapsed. She 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 before getting into a struggle.

 

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