THE murder trial of a woman accused of killing her love rival in May last year began at Warwick Crown Court yesterday.
Karla Biddle, 32 of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood pleaded not guilty to killing Emma Bradshaw on May 13.
The court heard how a love triangle between the two and Ashley Watson may have led to Ms Bradshaw’s death.
Mr Watson, 32, confirmed that at the time of her death he was just friends with Ms Bradshaw after their relationship had ended.
At that time he still had a sexual relationship with Biddle, who he had known for 14 years, although they had ended their relationship two years previously.
Prosecuting Christopher Hotten QC said that Miss Bradshaw spent the last night of her life at Mr Watson’s house.
The pair had visited Nando’s restaurant in Shirley before returning to Berkeley Road where Watson was a lodger.
Emma was due to attend a course in Solihull but she never made it.
“Emma bled profusely after suffering two significant stab wounds to her abdomen, one to the left, one to the right,” said Mr Hotten.
Her liver and lung was punctured with the one wound which was inserted nine and a half inches inside her.
The other wound was 13 and a half inches deep and ruptured her colon and renal artery.
Biddle originally denied being at the scene on the morning of May 13 but then changed her stance saying she went round to ask Emma if anything was going on between her and Watson and things got out of control and she panicked.
The knife, which was discovered at the scene, contained Biddle’s blood.
A month or two before the tragedy Biddle, who was aware of Mr Watson and Ms Bradshaw’s relationship, printed off some e-mails and drove to her rival lover’s home in Mere Green to give her the envelope.
The court also heard how Biddle kept diaries and careful records of where Mr Watson was including the time he was with Ms Bradshaw.
The case continues...