Bloodbath murder case

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A NORTH Derbyshire man has been accused of murdering an ex-girlfriend after a court heard how a night of booze and sex turned into a bloodbath.

Alexander Burnett, 32, of Westlea View, Clowne, allegedly murdered 52 year-old mum-of-three Lee Hendry at his home where police found her stabbed in the neck in a blood-drenched bedroom with a towel over her body.

A Nottingham Crown Court trial, which started this week, heard how Burnett and Lee Hendry, of Brimington, Chesterfield, had been reunited through Facebook after more than ten years and had agreed to meet at his home.

But prosecuting barrister Peter Joyce QC told the court their re-union was short-lived because following an evening of drink and sex the accused handed himself into police who searched his home and found Lee Hendry’s dead body in a bedroom.

Mr Joyce said: “Her body was found lying on the floor partly covered by a towel. She had extensive bruising to the left of her neck and there was a stab wound to the other side accounting for all the blood.

“She died from that wound and the knife, which had the finger prints of the defendant on it, had completely severed her jugular vein, caused extensive bleeding and had carried on into the rear arc of a rib.”

Burnett and a teenage friend had met Lee Hendry after she got off a late evening bus at Boughton Lane in September, last year, and they had gone back to Burnett’s home, according to the teenager.

The 17 year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police Burnett had continued drinking whiskey and Jack Daniels and the older couple repeatedly went upstairs for sex, argued and had a play fight.

He said he finally went to sleep in another bedroom but was woken the following afternoon by a blood spattered Burnett who made him coffee before telling him he should go.

The teenager told the court: “I was woken and Alex was in the doorway with blood on his hands and mouth. The blood was all over his hands. Both of them. Front and back and in the middle of his fingers.

“There was blood around his mouth and down his chin. It was solid and went on to both of his cheeks.”

Burnett handed himself in at Chesterfield police station later that day and officers launched a murder investigation after discovering Lee Hendry’s body.

Mr Joyce, prosecuting, said: “The defence is going to be that the knife that went through her neck, jugular vein and rib was an accident of sexual play.

“The bruising round her neck may have rendered her unconscious. A knife in the neck that deep, that hard, that far is not sexual play.”

He added: “Something terrible went wrong between the two of them in that room that night.”

Burnett has pleaded not guilty to murder. The case continues.