Thursday 22 February 2018

Jury in wife killer trial retires for a second day

Samantha Medland, 24, died from multiple stab wounds in Queen Square, Brighton
Samantha Medland, 24, died from multiple stab wounds in Queen Square, Brighton

Tom Pugh

A jury trying a man accused of murdering his wife in a busy square as she collected belongings from him following their marriage breakdown has retired to consider its verdict for a second day.

Ty Medland, 26, armed himself with knives given to the couple as a wedding present before using one to launch a "frenzied attack" on 24-year-old Samantha Medland, jurors were told.

Before the attack, Medland uploaded to his Facebook page a link to a series of graphic pictures and videos of them having sex, the trial heard.

A message he wrote accompanying the link referred to Mrs Medland as "the cheating, lying, unloyal whore who destroyed everything I loved and believe in".

Prosecutor Richard Barton told the trial at Lewes Crown Court in Sussex that she had become close to another man and rebuffed Medland's repeated attempts to patch up their marriage.

Medland, described as a "petulant, self-centred man", knifed her to death in the street as she collected belongings from him near her workplace in Queen Square, Brighton, on February 17.

Medland, of Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven, East Sussex, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after the court heard he suffered from a recognised mental condition, but he denies murder.

Press Association

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