‘We’re over’ row ends in death, court told

By a court reporter

Monday, February 10, 2014


‘We’re over’ row ends in death, court told

Former Isle of Wight woman Heather Arthur, nee Naylor.

THE trial of a man accused of murdering his wife, a former Isle of Wight woman, has continued at Newcastle Crown Court today (Monday).

Heather Arthur, was stabbed to death by her husband, Mark, after she told him their marriage was over, Newcastle Crown Court was told last week.

The 50 year old has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies murder on the grounds of loss of control.

The court heard that on the day of her death Heather, a mother of two, had told Mr Arthur, their marriage, which had been on the rocks, was definitely over.

He stabbed her once in the chest, piercing her heart.

After killing her, Arthur went to his doctor’s surgery wearing boxer shorts and a top, burst in on his GP, and said he had hurt his wife.

Former St Therese Presentation Convent and Medina High School pupil Heather, nee Naylor, had been with IT consultant Mark Arthur for around 30 years, since meeting at university, and had been married for ten years.

Mrs Arthur, who used to work for British Airways, had previously talked to her husband about splitting up and in the weeks leading to her death she had grown close to Paul Gowland, the saxophonist in the jazz band in which she was a singer.

The victim’s best friend, Rebecca Parker, told the court Mrs Arthur had confided in her about the state of her marriage and her husband’s controlling behaviour, including installing a GPS tracking system on her mobile phone.

Mrs Parker said: "He said it was so he could track where she was. Heather was not happy about it at all."

Mr Gowland said Mrs Arthur had told him her husband was verbally aggressive and had tantrums and she was subject to interrogations and inquisitions.

Mark Giuliani, prosecuting, told jurors: "She was exercising control over her life and told him it was definitely over and he didn’t like it and he stabbed her.

"The crown’s case is this was not loss of control. Relationships break down every day but people don’t end up lying in a pool of blood."

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