Friday, July 15, 2011

Richard Davies Jones 'knifed wife to death after row over his cheating' and lover only found out he was married when she read about stabbing

A city lawyer stabbed his wife to death after they rowed about his four-year affair with another lawyer, a court heard.

Richard Davies Jones, 33, thrust a kitchen knife into wife Laura’s neck only weeks after she had given birth to their third child.

He attacked her after she had put their children into the family car and was preparing to leave their home.

The former army captain then allegedly watched the 31-year-old bleed to death on the snow-covered driveway of their detached home in Ashtead, Surrey, on December 1, last year.

Guildford Crown Court heard the couple had endured a ‘turbulent’ six-year marriage, littered with violent arguments and visits from the police.

The mother-of-five, who had two children from a previous marriage, had finally decided to end the marriage and seek refuge with her mother in north Yorkshire after she learned details of his affair.

Prosecutor Heather Norton said: ‘It is the Crown’s case that by this point, some half an hour before her death, it was Laura Davies Jones’s clear intention to return to Harrogate with her children that day.’

The solicitor denies murder, claiming he acted in self-defence after his wife stabbed him first during the row over his adultery. When police arrived he had a wound to his neck that was bleeding heavily. Three knives were found at the scene. Read More