Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kill Him? I Loved Him

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kill Him? I Loved Him

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia

BODY in the woods suspect Clare Humble admitted fighting with her frail partner but denied killing him.

Humble told police she and Peter Hedley had come to blows when she told him she wanted to leave.

She admitted punching and kicking him, scratching his face, possibly biting his shoulder and throwing a bowl and shoe at him.

But she claimed Mr Hedley, who she said she "loved with all my heart", was not badly hurt and they stayed in separate rooms for the rest of the day.

Humble claimed she got up the next morning and went to a shop at 6.30am. Prosecutors say she was buying sellotape to wrap up the body but Humble said she was just buying cigarettes and milk.

In police interviews, Humble said when she got back from the shop Mr Hedley, who suffered from epilespy, was on the floor.

She said: "He was on the floor. I thought he'd had a fit. He just died. He had been breathing heavily and he just died."

Asked what she did, she replied: "I just sat on the settee then I went next door into the other room. I just sat there for ages, numb.

"Then I just cleaned the mess up, did the bins and the dishes. I switched off from what happened.

"I didn't want him to die. I was speaking to him like he was still alive. I had a cry, you know."

Humble, who said she didn't ring an ambulance "because he was dead" and she was in shock, said she called former partner Lee Nicholson the next day to discuss what to do.

She said: "I didn't know what to do. I told Lee everything and he said he could help me move the body because there would be DNA on the clothes and the police would blame me and I would go to prison for a long time. They would blame me because of my schizophrenia.

"He said he would get a car and take him somewhere else so it didn't look like it happened in the house."

Humble said she went to Nicholson's flat in Kingston Park, Newcastle, and he bought a car off the internet a couple of days later.

She said: "I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to take Peter anywhere.

"He was rolled in a rug and he brought him out and put him in the back seat of the car. …

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