Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Court Told How Tina Accused 'Snapped'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Court Told How Tina Accused 'Snapped'

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

A GRAN murdered her daughter-in-law after she threatened to move away and cut off contact with her young grandson, a court heard.

Heather Emmonds allegedly "snapped" when Tina Casey told her she was moving to the Isle of Man and that she would never see her grandson again.

Prosecutors claim Emmonds had tried to kill Miss Casey by poisoning her in the days before the fatal assault.

And while her grandson was upstairs, the two women clashed and Emmonds allegedly repeatedly stabbed Miss Casey on the sofa.

She is then said to have put a quilt on the dead woman, told her grandson she was asleep, then left her there and took the boy with her.

After dropping the youngster off at his dad's, Emmonds then went to play bingo, jurors heard.

The next day, after taking tablets in an apparent suicide attempt, Emmonds crashed her car into a lamppost.

When police got there they found ten hand-written notes Emmonds had written to various family and friends.

In one to her young grandson, she wrote: "My special boy. Please don't hate me for what I have done. I really thought it was the best for you. I know it won't look like it."

Emmonds, 58, who wept as the letter was read out at her trial, accepts killing Miss Casey, 42, but denies murder.

Newcastle Crown Court heard police only became aware of Miss Casey's death after they were called to a road accident in Shiremoor on the morning of February 4 this year.

They found Emmonds lying across both front seats of her Vauxhall Corsa, which had hit a lamppost.

In her bag were the notes to her family, friends, and the police, apparently confessing to having killed her daughter-in-law.

In one to her mother-inlaw she wrote: "Don't think badly of me, but my cross got too heavy for me to carry anymore. …

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