Ty Medland 'was upset over miscarriage'

Samantha Medland Samantha Medland died 18 months after the couple were married

Related Stories

A man who stabbed his wife to death in a Brighton street has told a court that the relationship deteriorated after she lost their unborn baby.

Ty Medland, 26, has admitted killing his wife Samantha in February, a year after the miscarriage, but denies murder.

Mr Medland, from Peacehaven, Sussex said he had met his estranged wife with the intention of harming himself.

He told Lewes Crown Court he remembered very little about the attack.

Mrs Medland, 24, died 18 months after the couple were married.

Her husband told the court in the year leading up to her death, he had been taking anti-depressants.

His depression was triggered when he found out his wife had had a miscarriage, he said.

'Looked terrified'

Mr Medland told the court that on the same day he learned about the loss of the unborn baby, he found out that his three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship had also died.

Ty Medland arriving at court Ty Medland said he loved his wife and never meant to harm her

The jury heard that a year later, Mrs Medland walked out on her husband.

He had agreed to meet her in February to give her some of her possessions.

When defence barrister Graham Trembath QC asked what had then happened, Mr Medland said: "I told her I was going to kill myself, and she said 'go ahead, I don't care'.

"At that point, everything goes black. The next thing I remember is looking down at her.

"She looked terrified and I stabbed myself in the leg."

Mr Medland said he loved his wife and never meant to harm her.

The trial continues.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sussex



Min. Night 15 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Leonardo da Vinci Self-PortraitMagical masterpiece

    The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him special powers

  • Woman smelling pot of herbsWake up

    Is eating sage better for your alertness than coffee?

  • "$4BN" written on dollar billAn oligarch election?

    The super-rich, secret donors and rise of ‘dark money’

  • Zoe Quinn'GamerGate'

    The developer forced to leave her home due to threats

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • MonkeyMeet the tarsier

    The BBC travels to a Philippine island that is home to the world's oldest primate


  • Francis Rossi, co-founder of band Status QuoHARDtalk Watch

    Status Quo's Francis Rossi explains how alcohol led him to take cocaine

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.