Woman ‘bit lover’s testicles weeks before stabbing him to death in attack’

A jealous woman grinned as she stabbed her lover to death in front of friends just weeks after biting his testicles in a savage attack, a court has heard.

Cordelia Farrell, 38, is accused of murdering her partner Wayne Coventry, 36, in a violent rage.

The dad-of-three was found dead at his brother's home in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on October 14 last year.

Jurors heard Mr Coventry and Farrell had been in a two-and-a-half year relationship which was described as "toxic" and "characterised by violence and jealousy".

Worcester Crown Court heard that weeks before the murder Farrell had attacked Mr Coventry by biting and twisting his testicles.

When she was arrested for the assault, the court heard she told police that one of them "would end up dead".

Dayfdd Enoch QC, prosecuting, said: "In front of three witnesses this defendant removed from a kitchen knife block a large kitchen knife and she turned to Wayne Coventry who turned to face her.

"She raised the knife up high and brought it down in a classic stabbing motion and plunged it deep into the middle of his chest.

"It went in to a depth of 9cm. It went straight into his aorta. He didn't stand a chance. He collapsed and died within a minute or two."

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Mr Enoch said one of the witnesses, Tony Marks, said: "She smiled as she pulled the knife out and grinned as if she was pleased in what she had just done".

Mr Enoch said: "She took her revenge or retaliation, as she herself described it, and deliberately and maliciously stabbed him.

"It's no coincidence that the defendant was to say to the police a month before the killing, when she was arrested for assault, that one of them would end up dead.

"How right she was in that prophecy."

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Mr Enoch went on to describe how Mr Coventry called 999 while he was in the process of being attacked by Farrell on September 11 last year.

He said: "During the course of that assault Miss Farrell grabbed Mr Coventry by the testicles in both her hands and later dragged him around the flat by his testicles.

"That of course caused him immense pain and swelling.

"In the course of that attack she later bit his private parts.

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"She was to stab him in the back with a piece of broken crockery or glass, causing a wound to his back."

Police bodycam footage showed Mr Coventry bleeding from his face and back, and displaying the injury to his genitals to an officer.

The court heard before the initial attack Farrell had tried to "wind up" Mr Coventry by watching YouTube music videos featuring her ex-boyfriend.

The court heard Farrell told officers: "It's getting worse and worse and one of us is going to end up dead."

Mr Enoch said she had previously been heard to say "I'm going to hill him".

He added: "If ever a murder was predictable it was this one."

Farrell, of Dainton Grove, Birmingham, denies murder, assault and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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