Trial hears how woman stabbed her partner in the neck

Ian Graham, died in Trowbridge Photo: Wiltshire Police

A court has heard how a woman murdered her partner by stabbing him in the neck and shoulder after a late-night drinking session in Trowbridge. Louise Cox, 45 is alleged to have used a knife to kill Ian Graham, 51 in his flat in November last year.

Ian Graham killed in his flat in Stallard Street Credit: ITV News West Country

In the first day of the trial at Bristol Crown Court the jury heard how the couple had been drinking in the bedsit with their friend Ian Hungerford. The three talked about their lives, including the "stormy and messy" relationship between Mr Graham and Cox, the court was told.

The prosecuting QC Michael Fitton said Mr Hungerford went to the bathroom in the early hours of the morning

When he came out he saw that Ian Graham was holding his neck.

Blood was coming from it, spurting from it.

Louise Cox was behind Ian Graham. There was blood on the floor and Mr Hungerford did what he could to intervene and help Ian Graham.

He heard this defendant say 'I have just stabbed him in the neck'.

– Michael Fitton, Prosecuting QC

Mr Fitton said an ambulance was called and Cox, from Trowbridge, left the scene before paramedics arrived. Police officers found and arrested her near the flat at 4.40am - around 20 minutes after the incident on November 20.

Cox was "slurring her words and obviously affected by drink

– Michael Fitton, Prosecuting QC

Paramedics who treated Mr Graham took him to the Royal United Hospital in Bath, where he was pronounced dead at 5.27am that morning. Pathology tests showed he had suffered a 5cm deep stab wound to the left side of his neck, which was not fatal. His death was caused by a 12cm deep knife wound, which cut between two ribs and penetrated his left lung.

A kitchen knife, covered in blood, was seized by police from Mr Graham's bedsit.

Mr Fitton said Cox and Mr Graham, who started a relationship in the middle of last year, both suffered from depression and alcohol problems.

They spent a lot of their time together drinking.

It was a complex and messy relationship, it was difficult and stormy.

It is quite clear that they argued.

– Michael Fitton, Prosecuting QC

Mr Graham was found to be four times the drink-drive alcohol limit when he died.

Louise Cox denies murdering Mr Graham.

The trial is expected to last for two weeks and will continue on Monday.

Cox admits that she stabbed Mr Graham but denies the charge of murder.

She is saying she was under attack.

Her case is she was acting in self defence.

She is claiming it was lawful for her to act as she did.

Her case appears to be that she has committed no offence in stabbing Ian Graham and killing him.

– Michael Fitton, Prosecuting QC