Coventry & Warwickshire

Paul Carscadden 'murdered by civil partner in bus push'

A man was murdered by his civil partner when he was pushed into the path of a bus after an argument outside an Indian restaurant, a court heard.

Birmingham Crown Court was told Ian Chaundy, 49, killed Paul Carscadden on a night out in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, in June 2011.

The court heard the incident, in Bath Street, was captured by CCTV.

Mr Chaundy, of Avenue Road, Leamington, denies murder and pleaded not guilty to an alternative count of manslaughter.

Opening the case, prosecutor Alan Kent QC told jurors 40-year-old Mr Carscadden would have died instantly.

He said the jury would have to decide whether Mr Chaundy pushed his partner, and whether he did it deliberately.

'Moment of madness'

Mr Kent told the court Mr Chaundy was describe as distraught at his partner's death and was heard saying things such as, "I loved him, I didn't mean to kill him" and "I can't believe I have killed him".

The court was told that during police interviews Mr Chaundy said he had been trying to persuade his partner to stay for 10 minutes.

The court heard that in those interviews Mr Chaundy had not remembered pushing his partner and was only aware of the bus once Mr Carscadden started falling.

Mr Kent told jurors: "We are dealing with the death of a man in his early 40s having been killed by his partner, this defendant, in what was undoubtedly a moment of madness that was no doubt instantly regretted."

The trial continues.

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