Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If She Hadn't Met Me She Would Still Be Alive; Victim's Lover Tells Court of Torment

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If She Hadn't Met Me She Would Still Be Alive; Victim's Lover Tells Court of Torment

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT

THE LOVER of a divorced mum allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-husband told a jury he thought she might still be alive if he hadn't met her.

Redcar man Shaun Kelly told a murder trial jury of his devastation over the death of 34-year-old Katrina Jones.

Mr Kelly, who had been having an affair with Mrs Jones, said he had never stopped thinking about what happened to her.

He told the Teesside Crown Court jury: "I think about it every single day of my life. If she hadn't met me she would still be alive."

Mrs Jones died after being repeatedly stabbed on the day she was due to hold a divorce party.

She had decorated her home in Marske with banners, balloons and streamers to celebrate the end of her 10-year marriage.

But on the day of the planned party she was allegedly knifed to death by her former husband.

Mrs Jones was stabbed nine times in the chest and three times in the arm at the former marital home in Church Close, Marske.

He is alleged to have stabbed her a dozen times with a kitchen knife before dialling 999, pleading for help to save her. Accused of her murder is her ex-husband, former bodybuilder and bouncer Brian Anthony Jones, who was 63 at the time of her death, 29 years her senior.

Jones, now 64, of Thrushwood Crescent, Marske, denies murdering her on November 27 last year.

He is raising the defence of provocation, along with diminished responsibility.

Mr Kelly, 45, of Redcar, told the jury he had previously known Mrs Jones before her marriage.

They had lost touch but years later met up again and kept in touch.

Mr Kelly, a labourer and crane driver, admitted he sent her a Valentine's Day card in February 2009.

She knew it was from him but said it was from someone called Simon.

Mr Kelly said: "I think it was easier for both of us at the time."

The court also heard that Mr Kelly had gone on holiday to Majorca with Mrs Jones and her young son.

Her husband had originally been booked to go on the holiday, but his place was taken by Mr Kelly.

Mr Kelly said Jones wouldn't leave his ex-wife alone. …

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