Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Her First Victim and I Thought She Was Capable of Killing, She Was Pure Evil

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Her First Victim and I Thought She Was Capable of Killing, She Was Pure Evil

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

ONE of the first victims of body in the woods black widow killer Clare Humble today reveals the torment she put her through.

As Humble starts a life sentence for killing Peter Hedley, we can reveal she had previous convictions for behaving in a violent and aggressive manner.

Former neighbour Rachel Ayre was attacked and then subjected to a campaign of terror by bully Humble after reporting her to the police for smashing up plants outside her home.

Humble grabbed Rachel, who has a brittle bone condition and Marfan's syndrome, by her hair and smashed her into a washing machine and rained blows on her.

Rachel said Humble then subjected her to a campaign of harassment, driving her out of her home of 11 years then turning up at her new address.

And she reveals how she believed back in 2013 Humble was capable of killing and she now feels lucky she wasn't murdered.

Rachel, 40, of Gosforth, Newcastle, who claimed the killer even made threats towards her elderly dad, Malcolm, who suffers from Alzheimer's, said: "I thought then she was the kind of person that was capable of killing someone.

"It was just the way she went on and the fact I hadn't done anything to her.

"To go after somebody like that, especially to say she was going to get my dad as well, was awful.

"She was a frightening person, it was horrendous.

"When I saw what she was accused of now, I knew she had done it.

"I felt sick when I heard about the murder. I sat in bed and cried, in fact I screamed at the thought that this could have been |Ayre her me or my dad, "I'd already lost my home because of her and then I found out she has murdered someone.

"I thought it could have been me she killed.

"It's like an emotional rollercoaster for me, knowing she has done this to somebody. There but for the grace of God it could have been me."

Rachel, a full-time carer for 82-year-old Malcolm and who does volunary teaching, said she first encountered Humble while living at Craster Square, in Coxlodge, Gosforth, Newcastle.

Humble, who was convicted of assaulting her 73-year-old mother in 2008, was one of a number of visitors to her neighbour's flat who would drink to excess and cause trouble.

Rachel said Humble also lived at Craster Square for a time.

She said Humble and her cronies would regularly knock over, smash and pile up plants she had outside her home.

Having tidied them up on a number of occasions, Rachel decided to report the damage to police.

She said: "A few days later I was speaking to my neighbour outside and Humble came towards me and said 'Are you the plant lady?' I said yes and she said 'I've been as nice as I can be to you.'.

"I followed her into the block and she started being aggressive and grabbed me by the neck of my coat and long blonde pony tail and pulled me through the metal doors into the hallway. …

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