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Tattoo artist wife 'stabbed twice' in Barking by ex

A tattoo artist has told a court how she was stabbed on two separate occasions by her escaped prisoner husband.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard Karen Wade, from Barking, east London, was attacked after divorcing her spouse.

William Bewley, 48, who had absconded from Leyhill open prison, allegedly stabbed Ms Wade in both 2004 and 2007.

Bewley, once of Cotehill, denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding with intent.

The pair started a relationship after she gave Bewley, then on-the-run, a tattoo.

He was returned to prison and it was after that they married.

But at a parole meeting Ms Wade said she wanted a divorce.

Asked how Bewley reacted, she replied: "He said, 'If you divorce me, I'll kill you'."

In 2001 Bewley absconded from prison for a second time.

The court heard how he struck on 31 December 2004, when Miss Wade was celebrating New Year's Eve at home and took her rubbish out.

The jury was told Miss Wade felt what she thought was a sharp punch to her shoulder.

She allegedly saw Bewley standing behind her - but only later realised she had been stabbed.

Ms Wade said: "I turned round to have a look who it was and I saw my ex-husband looking at me.

"He said, 'I'll get you next time' and ran off down the back stairs."

The shoulder wound needed stitches.

'Felt another punch'

Then in May 2007 Ms Wade was stabbed again, the jury was told.

She said: "I felt what I thought was another punch, in my lower back, on the right hand side. I turned around and saw my ex-husband."

Asked how clearly she saw him, she said: "As clearly as I can see him now.

"He's not got a face you can forget that easily once you've been married to him."

A tip-off led police to a home in Kent and he was arrested in June 2010.

The trial continues.

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