Louise Cox denies murdering partner in Trowbridge flat

Murder victim Ian Graham
Image caption Ian Graham died from stab wounds on 20 November last year

A woman murdered her partner during a late-night drinking session at his home, a court has heard.

Louise Jane Cox stabbed Ian Graham, 51, with a kitchen knife in his flat in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 20 November.

Ms Cox, 45, from Newtown in Trowbridge, denies murder. Bristol Crown Court heard she felt under attack and had acted in self-defence.

Mr Graham sustained a 12cm (5in) deep knife wound that penetrated his left lung.

The couple had been drinking at the flat with their friend Ian Hungerford, the court heard.

'Blood spurting'

Before the stabbing, the three talked about their lives, including the "stormy and messy" relationship between Mr Graham and Ms Cox.

Michael Fitton QC, prosecuting, said Mr Hungerford went to the bathroom of the flat in Beaufort Mansions in the early hours and when he came out he saw Mr Graham holding his neck.

He said: "Blood was coming from it, spurting from it."

He told the jury that he heard the defendant say: 'I have just stabbed him in the neck'."

'Slurring words'

Mr Fitton said an ambulance was called but Ms Cox left before paramedics arrived.

Police arrested her nearby soon after.

Ms Cox was "slurring her words and obviously affected by drink", Mr Fitton said.

A bloody kitchen knife was found by police at Mr Graham's bedsit.

He was found to be four times the drink-drive alcohol limit when he died, the court heard.

The trial, which continues on Monday, is expected to last for two weeks.

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