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Melinda Korosi claimed to have been raped and threatened by ex-partner

A police officer and van on Orton Road, Carlisle
Image caption Melinda Korosi was killed at her home on 15 September

A woman who was allegedly murdered by her ex-partner was deemed at "very high risk" by domestic abuse advisers, a court has heard.

Miklos Verebes, 29, was found next to the body of Melinda Korosi, 33, in her Carlisle home on 15 September.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that six days before her death, Ms Korosi told police Mr Verebes had raped her.

Mr Verebes denies murder and three counts of raping Ms Korosi between 2012 and 2016.

'Beatings and rape'

On the third day of Mr Verebes' trial, jurors heard from Alison Stubbs whose daughters lived next door to Mr Korosi on Orton Road.

Ms Stubbs said mother-of-two Ms Korosi was "very timid" but a "lovely girl".

She told jurors Ms Korosi had described "beatings that Mik (Mr Verebes) had given Melinda; that he had held a knife to her throat and said he was going to kill her".

Ms Stubbs added: "She told me about him raping her, and on several occasions, and that he used it as a punishment if he didn't like what she does or says; or if they were in an argument he would take full advantage of that."

The court heard Miss Korosi made similar claims to an independent domestic violence adviser and it was concluded she was at "very high risk".

She then made disclosures to police in an interview just six days before her death.

Mr Verebes was arrested and interviewed by police on 13 September immediately after he was released from prison following a previous physical assault on Ms Korosi, the court heard.

He was released by police having denied raping Ms Korosi.

The trial continues.

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