Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drunken Night That Ended in Bloodshed; Court Hears of Bizarre Shenanigans at Ex-Lover's Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drunken Night That Ended in Bloodshed; Court Hears of Bizarre Shenanigans at Ex-Lover's Home

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Byline: By ADAM JUPP

HER indecent proposal rejected, a primary school worker turned on her ex and his new love with a knife.

After a booze bender, Claire Morris tried to rekindle her romance with former partner Darren Crodden.

But her advances were rejected when she got to his flat in Newcastle's West End.

Undeterred, Morris asked for a three-in-a-bed romp when Darren's new girlfriend Lynne Conlon arrived, a court heard.

When her saucy suggestion was again knocked back, the West Jesmond Primary School teaching assistant flew into fit of rage.

Screaming at the couple, she grabbed a kitchen knife and held it to her own throat, warning she would harm herself.

And Lynne suffered slash wounds to her hands after struggling to control Morris, of the Orchard, East Boldon, South Tyneside. Panicking, the school worker went on to offer the couple cash so they did not call police.

Now, the 26-year-old has been convicted of affray and assault causing actual bodily harm and faces being sacked from her role at her primary school.

Today, Darren, 40, and Lynne, 48, told of their "lucky escape" and their relief the court ordeal is over. Darren, who dated Morris for four years before they split in 2003, said: "She could have killed someone or even herself."

Lynne added: "It has been horrific. The cuts I got were down to the bone and I will need an operation to sort out my hand."

The court heard Morris downed drinks before texting Darren on April 21. He declined to meet her but invited her to his home on Stanton Street, Arthur's Hill, where the pair sank cans of lager and rum and cola.

Under cross-examination by her solicitor Kieran O'Neil, Morris told how she watched DVDs with Darren before making a pass at him, about which she was "totally ashamed".

She added: "We were drinking, we were having a bit of a heart-to-heart. …

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