Murder trial told that victim said ‘She said she’d kill me if I ever left her’

David Edwards
David Edwards

A newlywed solicitor allegedly stabbed by his wife told a colleage that his life had been threatened.

David Edwards had discussed his turbulent relationship with his new bride with fellow solicitor Julie Moss, jurors at Manchester Crown Court were told.

Miss Moss told the court David Edwards had told her “She said she’d kill me if I ever left her”.

Sharon Edwards, 42, of Parkers Wood Close, Chorley, denies fatally stabbing well-known solicitor David Edwards, 51, in the heart just weeks after their wedding in Las Vegas in June.

He was found dead in his bed on August 23 - the day after they returned from a holiday in Majorca - after she hysterically ran to neighbours screaming he was not breathing.

Dad-of-one Mr Edwards had confided in colleagues he was a victim of domestic abuse and a catalogue of injuries and incidents have been described to jurors by a string of witnesses in the first three days of her trial.

Miss Moss, who had known David Edwards for six years, said Sharon Edwards had to be escorted out of the venue of a works do after slapping David Edwards, because she was jealous he had asked a waitress for a lighter.

She also told the court that he had told her Sharon Edwards had knifed him with a blunt knife in his side.

Louise Bibby, David’s legal secretary, said her first encounter with Sharon Edwards was when she phoned his office to say he wouldn’t be in work.

She made up to 12 calls a day to his office and would tell Ms Bibby if she didn’t put her through to him she would “come down”.

She also described an injury to his septum which appeared to have been caused by a snip with scissors.