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Soldier Ian Lowe 'so sorry' for killing ex Leanne McNuff

A soldier accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend broke down in tears as he told a jury he did not mean to kill her.

L/Cpl Ian Lowe attacked Leanne McNuff, 24, in March at her home in Droylsden, Manchester Crown Court heard.

He claims he lost self-control after discovering she had an abortion without telling him and had an affair.

Lowe, 25, who was on bail at the time for allegedly assaulting her, admits manslaughter but denies murder.

Smashed door

The jury was told Lowe explained in his defence statement he was also upset Miss McNuff was planning to move away from the area with their four-year-old son and they were all factors in his behaviour when he fatally stabbed her on 11 March.

He told David Fish QC, defending, he could not remember anything about the attack after smashing open the door and going upstairs to get their son out of bed.

"I did not want her taking [him] away from me," he told the court.

"I can't explain what I did. I'm so sorry for it, I really am."

He said he had never experienced such lack of self-control even though he was a highly trained soldier who had remained calm when coming under enemy fire.

"Do you accept in that short time you killed her?" asked Mr Fish. Lowe said: "Yes, I didn't mean to."

Mr Fish asked: "Were you in control of your mind and actions at this time?" "No," he replied.

The prosecution said Miss McNuff was stabbed repeatedly in her upper body as she tried to fight off Lowe who also allegedly stamped on her face.

The trial continues.

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