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Shirley murder trial hears injuries were from 'cutting a bagel'

A WOMAN accused of killing her love rival told police that injuries to her hands were caused in cooking accidents and not during a fight.

A WOMAN accused of killing her love rival told police that injuries to her hands were caused in cooking accidents and not during a fight.

Karla Biddle, 32, of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood, had been arrested after 30-year-old Emma Bradshaw was stabbed at a house in Berkley Road, Shirley. It was the home of Ashley Watson, 32, who had been in relationships with both women.

PC Karole Vickers told Warwick Crown Court when he spoke to Biddle in the custody block of Solihull police station in May last year, her right middle finger was bandaged.

“I asked what she had done and she told me she had burnt it while cooking fish and chips,” he said. “She stated she had picked at the blister, making it bleed.

“The doctor saw there was a fresh cut to the underside of the right middle finger. I am a qualified first aider and I know the difference between a blister and a cut. She had a laceration.”

PC Vickers also said Biddle claimed a laceration of her left hand was caused accidentally by a knife while cutting a bagel.

Biddle has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Bradshaw, of Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.

Earlier in the trial Biddle claimed it was she who was attacked when Ms Bradshaw came towards her brandishing a knife.

In her police interview Biddle said that while she was in the hallway Ms Bradshaw had gone into the kitchen, returned with a knife and came towards her with it.

She added that in the struggle which followed when she grabbed Ms Bradshaw’s arm, the knife had gone down and into the dressing gown she was wearing.

But forensic scientist Andrew Palmer said that Ms Bradshaw had started bleeding in the kitchen, not the hallway where Biddle said the confrontation took place.

The court also heard how neighbours heard screams and looked out on to Berkeley Road where they saw two women pulling hair and “in a tussle”.

Dawn Adams, who lives next door to Mr Watson’s house, said she dashed to a front window after hearing a scream at about 8am.

“I could see two women fighting out the front of my neighbour’s house,” she said. “They were just pushing each other and pulling hair, it did not seem a very physical fight. I heard another scream and the person who was facing me turned and walked away.”

Mrs Adams said that one of the women, wearing a dressing gown, staggered towards the house before turning and “staggering” back down the drive where she collapsed with a knife in her hand.

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