Manchester

Soldier Ian Lowe denies murdering ex-partner Leanne McNuff

A serving soldier from Greater Manchester stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death while on leave, a court heard.

Ian Lowe, 25, attacked Leanne McNuff, 24, at her home in Droylsden - a month after she ordered him to leave it, Manchester Crown Court was told.

L/Cpl Lowe, who was serving with the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, admits manslaughter but denies murder.

The couple had a stormy, on-off relationship, the court heard.

Miss McNuff told Lowe to pack his bags on 11 February, a month before she was killed, the court was told.

A week later he attacked Miss McNuff, "dragging" her by her hair and clothes, and calling her a prostitute.

'Lost control'

He was charged with assault and was on bail when he killed her.

He claimed Miss McNuff attacked him with a knife and he killed her after "losing control" during the incident on 11 March.

Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, told the jury Mr Lowe stabbed Miss McNuff repeatedly to the upper body and stamped on her face.

"Although Leanne McNuff was taken immediately to hospital, she was seriously injured and died later that night," he added.

L/Cpl Lowe, who was on leave from his army barracks in Catterick, North Yorkshire, had kicked in the door of the house they once shared and attacked his former partner with a knife in an incident that lasted just a minute and a half, the jury were told.

Miss McNuff's brother, Ryan, and mother Margaret lived next door and found their loved one lying in a pool of blood on the landing of the house with multiple stab wounds, after hearing her screams.

L/Cpl Lowe fled the scene but was arrested later that night.

The trial continues.

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