A man stabbed his girlfriend 30 times with a penknife when she attempted to leave him – and then went online to read Oscar Wilde poetry, a court has been told.
Jonathan Tebbs (46) flew into a jealous rage when his 40-year-old girlfriend Kate Dixon told him she wanted to end the relationship and see another man she met through a dating website.
After stabbing his lover of 12 years multiple times with a Swiss Army knife, piercing her heart and lungs, Mr Tebbs then searched the internet for the words written by the Irish poet in The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
“Each man kills the thing he loves... The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword,” reads the last stanza of Wilde’s poem, written in 1897 at the end of his two year imprisonment for homosexual offences.
Mr Tebbs, who was charged with murder the following day, allegedly then removed his girlfriend’s clothes and brought her body into the shower.
Ms Dixon, who held a prominent position at Islington Council in London, had originally met “intelligent but controlling” Mr Tebbs while travelling on a train over a decade before.
However, the relationship had become difficult with the jury hearing that Ms Dixon had grown “fearful” of him and was “very frightened of what he was capable of”.
She had created a profile on elite dating site Blues match, exclusively for Oxbridge and Ivy League university graduates, and had met ‘Mark’ – a man she wished to begin a relationship with.
Mr Tebbs had reportedly found out about his girlfriend’s intentions to break up with him a week before, after finding Ms Dixon speaking to Mark on Skype.
Jonathan Tebbs has denied the murder of Kate Dixon but has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.