Woman, 31, who stabbed her mother's neighbour in the heart called her ex & told him 'I've just murdered someone' | The Sun
A WOMAN stabbed her mum's neighbour in the heart before telling her ex: "I've just murdered someone", a court heard.
Rebecca Louise Press, 31, allegedly killed 57-year-old Richard Marc Ash at a house in New Tredegar in July last year.
She is also accused of headbutting her mum Michelle Press just minutes before the stabbing.
Cardiff Crown Court heard how boozed-up Press used a kitchen knife to stab Richard while she was high on drugs.
She then left her ex-boyfriend Ashley Allen a voicemail message.
It said: "Ash, it's really bad. It's really f***ing bad. I've just stabbed someone and killed them.
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"I've just murdered someone, please phone me back."
Jurors were told Richard's stab wound almost exactly matched the full 7.5cm length of the blade up to the handle.
The weapon was plunged into his chest and pierced his heart – causing Richard to suffer a cardiac arrest from loss of blood and die.
Richard, who was "best friends" with Press' mum, had spent the day drinking with the two women and some neighbours in Michelle's garden while watching the rugby.
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He then went to the pub with Press, who allegedly became aggressive and claimed he had locked her in a toilet.
When Richard left to walk back to Michelle's home, she followed and a row broke out between her and her brother.
Jurors heard Press headbutted her mum and cut her – causing Richard to ring 999.
He told them: "It's all kicking off here at the moment.
"I'm in my neighbour's house.
"There are two people who are not wanted in here and they have assaulted people."
When officers arrived minutes later, he had already been stabbed.
The court was told he "paid the price with his life" after attempting to calm the situation down.
After knifing Richard, Press allegedly burst into her mum's room and told her: "I've f***ing stabbed your best friend".
She then fled the home and hid in an overgrown area as paramedics battled to save Richard's life, it was said.
After police found her, jurors heard "feigned surprise", asking officers: "Have I murdered someone?"
The court was told a health care professional who examined Press at the police station was shocked at how "oddly calm and jovial" she was.
Tests revealed she had benzodiazepines – a sedative medication – in her system as well as MDMA and traces of THC, which is found in cannabis.
In a prepared statement to detectives, Press claimed Richard became "aggressive" towards her.
She said: "I picked up the closest item to me which was the knife and hit him with it.
"I didn't intend to stab him in the chest but I accept that is what I did.
"I had no intention to kill Mark I was acting in self defence.
"Mark is a six foot plus man and a lot bigger and stronger than me.
"I was genuinely in fear for my safety."
Press admits stabbing Richard and assaulting her mother but denies murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The trial continues.
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