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Hemel Hempstead murder trial: Accused 'can't recall' events

A man accused of murdering his estranged wife in a knife attack in her bedroom cannot remember what happened, a court has heard.

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

Mark Wyeth QC told St Albans Crown Court Mr Wosik could not recall events leading to her death.

He added there was "no evidence of a plan".

In his closing speech, defence counsel, Mr Wyeth told the jury that Mr Wosik had said: "I don't remember what happened and what led to her dying".

He added: "There was no violent history. There were no nasty texts. No Facebook messages and no police call outs. There was no evidence of a plan."

Stab wounds

The court has heard that Ms Jakubszyk died in the early hours of 28 May at her home in The Wye.

Prosecutor Ann Evans said she 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.

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

Earlier in the trial, forensic scientist Daniel Beaumont said a knife was found in a pool of blood under a bed close to the body and Ms Jakubszyk's "upper chest, arms and hair were all heavily blood-stained".

Mrs Evans had told the jury 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.

The court had heard Mr Wosik had moved out following marital difficulties.

In March last year, he found work and accommodation in Galashiels, but subsequently made two trips back to see his family.

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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