A SHELDON man has admitted killing a mum-of-two, whose body was found dumped in a local nature reserve.
Michelle Stonall (pictured) was discovered lying in the brook, in Sheldon Country Park, on October 30 last year.
This week, David Connors, of nearby Greenvale Avenue, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
But the defendant denied a murder charge, claiming the 34-year-old died during a sex game that had gone wrong.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Connors, 38, and Miss Stonall had once been in a brief relationship.
Prosecutor Alan Kent QC said the pair had met at Connors’ home, before walking across to the park.
“A dog lead was placed around her neck, we say by him deliberately,” said Mr Kent.
“He pulled that dog lead and throttled Michelle Stonall until she was dead.
“He then dragged her body into a shallow brook and left her lying face down in shallow water.”
Miss Stonall had died sometime after 5.30pm and her body was discovered by a dog-walker next day.
Prosecution said Connors, who was arrested three days later, originally claimed he had nothing to do with the woman’s death.
But court heard that he had later changed his story, saying she’d died accidentally, as part of a sex game.
Mr Kent added that police officers had found text messages from Connors on Miss Stonall’s mobile phone, indicating he was sexually interested in her.
The case continues.