Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kelly Murder Accused 'Had Obsession with Knives' ESTRANGED BROTHER TELLS COURT OF INCIDENTS WITH BLADES AND AXES

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kelly Murder Accused 'Had Obsession with Knives' ESTRANGED BROTHER TELLS COURT OF INCIDENTS WITH BLADES AND AXES

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Byline: DAVID HUNTLEY davey.huntley@reachplc.com @daveyhuntley

A MAN accused of murdering his ex-partner had "threatened her with an axe" before her death and had an "obsession with knives and swords", a trial heard.

Torbjorn Kettlewell, 30, stands accused of killing the mother of his three children, Kelly Franklin, who died on Oxford Road INHARTLEPOOLlast summer.

His friend Julie Wass, 49, of Kipling Road, is also charged with the offence.

Both are on trial at Teesside Crown Court and deny murder.

On Friday, the jury heard evidence from Kettlewell's estranged brother, Michael, who said he was "disgusted" by him and that he was obsessed with the Army and would even tell people he served in the forces when he hadn't.

In a written statement which was read to the court by prosecutor Jamie Hill QC, Michael, an offshore worker said: "We've never really got on for years.

"He disgusts me, and not just because of what's happened.

"The reasons for not liking him are because of who he is.

"He thinks very highly of himself and doesn't have a great opinion of others. He was in a long-term relationship with Kelly, I never saw any abuse but saw her in the past with bruises.

"He admitted to me that he did hit her and had thrown her about.

"He wouldn't have dared hurt her in front of me."

The statement continued: "He tells people he's been in the Army and would walk around wearing that type of clothing. But he's never served in the forces.

"He had an obsession with knives and swords and was obsessed with the Army.

"As a child he stuck a butter knife into my back when he was 11. At seven years old he chased a cousin with a knife which caused a family fall-out.

"He went for a mental health assessment in the last year which I understand came back all clear. …

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