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Dead Carlisle mum-of-two was 'raped as a punishment' jury hears

Melinda Korosi Photo: Facebook

A court has heard today how Melinda Korosi, who was found dead on 15 September last year, once alleged her ex-partner, Miklos Verebes, "raped" her "on several occasions". She had also claimed he had threatened to kill her.

29-year-old Miklos Verebes is on trial and is accused of murdering the mother of his two children, 33-year-old Melinda Korosi, at her home in Orton Road in Carlisle. He also denies three charges which allege he raped her between 2012 and 2016.

Alison Stubbs, whose two adult daughters lived and stayed next door to Miss Korosi, described her as "very timid" but a "lovely girl".

Police arrived at Melinda Korosi's house on Orton Road 15 September last year Credit: ITV Border

Stubbs told jurors of allegations previously made to her by Korosi saying, "he had held a knife to her throats and said he was going to kill her," she said.

"She told me about him raping her, and on several occasions, and that he used it as a punishment if he didn't like what she does or says; or if they were in an argument he would take full advantage of that."

– Alison Stubbs

The court heard Melinda Korosi had made similar claims to an independent domestic violence advisor, and it was concluded she was at "very high risk". She then made disclosures to police in an interview just six days before her death.

Verebes was arrested and interviewed by police on September 13, immediately after he was released from prison following a previous physical assault on Miss Korosi.

The court has heard Verebes denied ever raping her, and was then released by police.

The trial continues.