A 22-year-old jealous UK man brutally killed his girlfriend by stabbing her more than 80 times for ending their relationship, a UK court has been told.
Jordan Taylor attacked his 21-year-old girlfriend Laura Davies in Basildon, Essex, where she lived and worked as a groom.
Chelmsford Crown Court was told yesterday that the attack that took place in July last year was so forceful that the knife used was left badly bent.
Unemployed Taylor is standing a trial after pleading not guilty to murder.
“We say her life was taken by this man during a sustained and brutal attack with a knife. She suffered 80 knife wounds to her body,” said Prosecutor Peter Gair.
“The attack was as a direct result of her telling the defendant that their relationship was over,” Gair said.
Laura was found near the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society in Pitsea with multiple injuries.
She was airlifted to hospital but died hours later.
“Whether it was motivated by jealousy or anger or a mixture of both and other emotions, he exacted a terrible revenge on her which caused her to die at the scene, Gair was quoted as saying by metro.Uk.
The prosecution told jurors that Taylor initially attacked Laura in the flat.
Gair told jurors she fled outside in her pyjamas but he chased after her and killed her in an area known as the Wishing Well before dragging her body to some nearby bushes.
Pathologist Benjamin Swift said a post-mortem examination found she had suffered at least 80 stab wounds. There were also signs she had been stuck all over her body.
“She suffered defensive wounds, suggesting she had been fighting for her life,” Gair said.
On the night of her death, Laura had cooked a meal for both of them at the flat they shared at the sanctuary, the jury heard.
Laura had decided earlier that day to end the relationship but to let Taylor continue to live at the flat as she did not want to make him homeless, Gair said.
Police later found plates of uneaten food on the kitchen table, suggesting events had escalated quickly.
The case continues.