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Hemel Hempstead murder trial: Knife 'found under bed'

A knife was found in a pool of blood under a bed close to the body of a dead woman, a court has heard.

Miroslav Wosik, 42, of Galashiels, denies murdering his wife Bernadeta Jakubszyk, 30, at her home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, last May.

Forensic scientist Daniel Beaumont told St Albans Crown Court he found Ms Jakubszyk on the bedroom floor.

The court has heard Mr Wosik had moved out of the home following marital difficulties.

'Pillows moved'

Mr Beaumont said: "Bedding and other items on the bed were heavily blood stained.

"There was blood on the upper and lower sides of the pillows indicating they had been moved."

Prosecutor Ann Evans said Ms Jakubszyk died from two deep stab wounds which had punctured her right lung.

She had also been stabbed once in the head and had cuts to her hands and forearms, indicating she had put up a fight, the court heard.

Mr Wosik's son from a previous relationship told the court earlier in the trial that he had found his stepmother dead on the bed and his father sat beside her.

He said his father told him: "Call the police, let them arrest me."

'Good life'

The couple's two daughters, aged eight and six, were asleep in the house at the time.

Mrs Evans said the Polish couple had been together for eight years and moved to England in search of a "good life", setting up home in the three-storey house in Hemel Hempstead.

In March last year, Mr Wosik found work and accommodation in Galashiels.

The prosecutor said that the jury could conclude his wife was getting her life back together and meeting up with her Polish friends.

"This was obviously too much for the defendant to bear and he took the ultimate revenge on her," she said.

The trial continues.

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