10:50am Tuesday 19th February 2013
By Anna Roberts & Peter Truman
A man suspected of stabbing his wife to death in the street wrote online about his desperation over their failed marriage less than an hour before she was killed.
Just 45 minutes before his wife was murdered, Ty Medland said on a social networking site: “Goodbye to all my friends and family.”
It is believed the couple, who lived in Peacehaven, were in Brighton to discuss their relationship.
Mr Medland had claimed on Facebook that his wife, Samantha, was having an affair.
Mrs Medland, 24, was stabbed repeatedly at 8.45pm on Sunday, February 17 in Queen Square in front of passers-by, close to the Domestic and General call centre where she worked.
The brunette was rushed to hospital but died later.
Mr Medland, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder and was last night under police guard at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Brighton.
He has stab wounds himself but his injuries are not life-threatening.
Writing on Facebook at 8pm on Sunday Mr Medland said: “I don’t know how to cope or go on. I tried to talk to Sam, to either get some truth or a chance.
“I asked for two weeks to start to show her I can be me again, the man she fell in love with, a chance to fix our marriage, if nothing changes or she still isn’t happy, she can leave and I won't try again, we will have at least tried to save our marriage.
“She said no and blamed it all on me.
“I asked for us to go on one last date, to try to make one last happy memory so we aren't just left with the last couple of weeks which have been horrible.”
Medland also posted graphic images and videos of himself and his wife, which The Argus has chosen not to print.
By yesterday afternoon nearly 300 people had commented on his online message with many posting links to online news articles referencing the murder.
A 35-year-old Brighton woman saw the attack taking place as she walked home.
Explaining how Queen Square was busy at the time, she described watching a man leaning over Mrs Medland.
She said: “He looked like a wild animal and had staring eyes.
“He was just stabbing her and stabbing her.
“He would not stop.
“There was a crowd of about ten or 15 people stood around.
“I really wanted to help but he looked crazed - he was like an animal.
“When the police arrived he went without any resistance.
“None of us intervened because we were so scared but I now think we should have because he gave in so easily.”
She said a group of boys from a nearby apartment stood round and shouted: “Get off her.”
Anyone with information should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Westfield.
Breaking up message on Facebook
TY and Samantha Medland married in September 2011.
The couple are understood to have met in 2010 and married in Luton, where Samantha is from.
But things turned sour in January this year, according to Mr Medland’s Facebook page.
He wrote sadly about how he was breaking up with his wife and was looking for somewhere new to live.
The couple shared a love of World of Warcraft, an online fantasy roleplay game.
Mr Metland wrote online about how he loved gaming.
On a computer gaming forum website he spoke of his interests, boasting about how he spent 7,000 hours playing computer games.
The 25-year-old, who said he went to Tideway School in Newhaven Patcham High in Brighton and BIMM, said his interests included heavy metal, playing bass, paintballing and computer games.
It is believed Samantha went to school in Luton.
Online tributes to ‘nicest person’
Tributes to Samantha appeared online yesterday and a Facebook group was formed in her memory.
Nicky West said: “RIP Sam, you will be greatly missed.”
Megan Newall added: “I'm so shocked and sorry to hear. She was such a nice girl. Thoughts with her family and friends.”
Graham Thompson said: “Going to miss our chats we had in World of Warcraft.”
Ben Kornitzer said: “Sam was one of the best people I had the honour to meet. She was the nicest person and she made me have a great time on nights out.”
Ian Buckingham said: “It was a pleasure to have known you. You were a wonderful girl.”
Millie Barrie said: “I love you Sam. You were one of my best friends and I will never forget you.”
Yesterday Samantha’s family, who live in Luton, were too upset to talk.
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