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Murder accused denies trying to "taint memory" of wife before killing her
5:52pm Tuesday 23rd July 2013 in News
A jilted husband posted sex videos of his wife online moments before killing her to “taint her memory”, a court heard.
Ty Medland, 26, admitted he shared the material alongside an abusive suicide note to shame her after she left him.
Medland, of Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven, admits killing Samantha Medland but denies her murder.
He launched a frenzied attack on his estranged wife outside her workplace in Queen Square, Brighton, on Sunday, January 28.
Cross examining Medland at Lewes Crown Court yesterday Richard Barton said: “Did you put the links online to taint her memory for those who knew her? Did you do it to prevent people having sympathy for her after you killed her?”
Medland replied: “That was the last thing I wanted. I never planned to kill her.”
The accused said he planned to kill himself but had no recollection of the attack.
He met his wife armed with four knives and sent text messages discussing “murder suicide” in the hours before the killing.
In one message Medland wrote to a female friend: “I could make a joke about murder suicide but that probably wouldn't be funny unless I actually did it.”
Mr Barton said: “Is it just a coincidence that you sent a message about murder suicide and then two hours later you killed someone and hurt yourself with a knife?
“Does this text give the lie to this jury that you were contemplating killing Sam?”
Medland replied: “I'm not sure what was going through my head at that time. It was just an outburst of emotion.”
Less than an hour before the killing Medland texted the same female friend: “Will you be mine and see how things go?”
Mr Barton said: “You're portraying yourself as a man who was devastated by the loss of Sam, yet you were clearly quite happy to see other women.”
Medland was reported to have said “just leave us to die” by a witness after inflicting the fatal wounds.
Mr Barton said: “That would indicate that you were aware that you had killed Sam.”
Another witness reported Medland had said “you don't know what she has done to me”.
Mr Barton said: “These are the words of a man seeking revenge against his wife aren't they?”
Medland denied seeking revenge.
The case continues.