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Northfield stabbing: Former mental health nurse accused of murder

A former mental health nurse accused of murdering her partner was overheard during a 999 call saying "she wished she had stabbed his throat".

Susan Hughes, 48, who previously worked at a clinic in Birmingham, is accused of stabbing Barry Wilkins, 71.

He was discovered with "serious injuries" at his flat in Norrington Road, Northfield, on 24 November.

Birmingham Crown Court earlier heard he suffered stab wounds to his abdomen, left arm, and left shoulder.

Kitchen knife

Annabel Darlow, prosecuting, said mother-of-three Ms Hughes called an ambulance but was overheard by the operator telling the still-conscious Mr Wilkins "I wish I had stabbed your throat, love".

Ms Hughes also "refused to touch him to offer him medical assistance despite her background", said Miss Darlow.

Mr Wilkins died in hospital on New Year's Eve.

Ms Hughes, previously of Linley Grove, Kings Heath, accepts she caused the injuries but denied she intended to murder Mr Wilkins, or cause him serious bodily harm.

The court heard Ms Hughes used a kitchen knife with a 20cm blade, which she threw out of a window before calling the ambulance.

The trial, which is scheduled to last seven days, continues.

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