Surrey

Accused Richard Davies Jones 'saw wife stab herself'

A solicitor accused of stabbing his wife to death has told a court she stabbed him during a row at their home and then turned the knife on herself.

Former Army officer Richard Davies Jones said his last memory of his wife Laura was of her repeatedly jabbing the knife at her neck at their Surrey home.

Guildford Crown Court heard the incident happened as he was preparing to drive his wife to her mother's home.

Mr Davies Jones, 33, of Woodfield Lane, Lower Ashtead, denies murder.

The court has heard the couple, who had three children, had a turbulent marriage.

The prosecution has claimed Mr Davies Jones found out his social worker wife was planning to leave him before her death in December last year.

Lying in snow

Mr Davies Jones told the jury his 31-year-old wife attacked him in their kitchen, leaving the blade in the left side of his neck.

He removed the knife, spurting blood, then walked into the lounge to phone her mother, who lived in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

He said Mrs Davies Jones followed and attacked him again.

They fell over and he managed to remove the knife from her hand but saw her face was badly cut.

"She said it didn't hurt and to prove it, she started jabbing herself in the neck with the knife in her right hand," he told the jury.

He made his way out of the house to shout for help, he said.

He remembered nothing until police found him lying on top of his wife in a blood-drenched spot in the snow outside their house.

Heather Norton, for the Crown, said none of the defendant's blood was found in the lounge.

She said Davies Jones phoned 999 and told the operator: "There's been a stabbing. My wife stabbed me, I stabbed her, she's not moving."

A video of the murder scene, with Mrs Davies Jones' pixellated body still in situ, was played to the jury.

Close to the body was a knife blade and a pool of the defendant's blood was next to his BMW, along with a knife handle.

The trial continues.

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