A man accused of murdering his former partner has told a jury he found an unknown man killing her.
Miklos Verebes, 29, is being tried for the murder of mother-of-two Melinda Korosi, 33, at her home on Orton Road, Carlisle, on 15 September.
He denies murder and three charges of raping her between 2012 and 2016.
Giving evidence, the Hungarian national told Carlisle Crown Court "another person" had killed the mother of his children.
Mr Verebes made the claim during a lengthy spell in the witness box on day five of his trial.
The court has previously heard police found Mr Verebes covered in blood next to Ms Korosi's body on a landing at her home.
She was declared dead at the scene having suffered multiple severe injuries, including a "gaping" wound to her neck.
Threat to children
Mr Verebes said he came upon the crime scene - and a man he did not know - when he arrived at Ms Korosi's house.
That man, he said, made threats to harm the couple's children - who were not present - and fled the scene before police arrived minutes later.
During cross-examination, prosecuting barrister Andrew Thomas QC asked Mr Verebes: "A man that you didn't know has killed your partner for a reason you don't know and has made a threat to kill your children?"
Mr Verebes replied: "Yes."
He said he then tried to administer first aid to Ms Korosi, who he said was still alive, and shouted for help.
Mr Verebes also said he "never" raped Ms Korosi.
Previously, the court heard neighbours tell how they saw Mr Verebes breaking a window to enter the house, and reported hearing a female scream.
Jurors have also been told that days before her death Ms Korosi told police she feared Mr Verebes.
The trial continues.