'Call the police, I'm dying, he killed me': Court hears last words of Sam Medland, killed in Brighton street (From The Argus)
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'Call the police, I'm dying, he killed me': Court hears last words of Sam Medland, killed in Brighton street
The last words of a young bride fatally stabbed by her husband were revealed in court yesterday.
Jurors heard how Samantha Medland said, “call the police, I'm dying, he killed me,” moments before slipping into unconsciousness after being stabbed numerous times in Queen Square, Brighton, shortly after 8.40pm on February 17.
The 24-year-old's housemate, colleague and close friend Ben Kennedy, of Norfolk Square, Brighton, revealed to the jury at Lewes Crown Court how he battled to save Sam.
He told how he suffered cuts to his hands as he “tussled” with her husband Ty Medland for a knife he was using to stab Sam.
Mr Kennedy, giving evidence in the witness box, had gone with Sam to meet Medland where she was planning to collect some of her possessions.
But Mr Kennedy - who was stood a short distance away - said within “two or three minutes” Medland had turned and knifed Sam.
He said he heard a “loud scream” and initially thought it was children, before realising it was Sam who he said collapsed backwards into a seating position before Medland pushed her downwards and kneed on her.
Mr Kennedy, who worked at Domestic and General with Sam - who he described as “easy-going, kind and confident”, said: “Ty barely acknowledged me at all. He stabbed Sam again.
“That's when I grabbed the knife.
“I grabbed him by his left hand and grabbed at the knife's blade.
“One of my hands was on his arm and one was on the blade. I was trying to get the knife out of his grip.
“When he let go of the knife it fell to the floor. I scrabbled and I picked it up.
“I thought that was it - I had the knife but he [Medland] retrieved two other knives.”
He said at one point Medland attempted to cut off Sam's wedding ring finger, but he managed to prevent this.
Medland then asked Mr Kennedy to stab him in the throat. Mr Kennedy told the court: “He asked me to kill him.
“He held the knife, as he was stabbing her, to his throat and asked me to push the handle in.
“He said he wanted to die with his wife.”
Mr Kennedy said Medland then stabbed himself in the thigh and began to bleed heavily before scratching his throat and wrists with a knife.
Medland, 26, of Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven, admits manslaughter but denies murder. The trial continues.
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