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Ty Medland asks for cigarette after killing wife Sam in Brighton street
A jilted husband asked shocked onlookers for a cigarette after brutally killing his wife, a court heard.
Ty Medland, 26, was described as “like an animal crouching over his prey” after inflicting fatal wounds on Samantha Medland.
Medland went to meet his wife, who had left him two weeks before, armed with four knives, Lewes Crown Court heard yesterday.
He “snapped” after she said she did not care if he committed suicide and launched the frenzied attack on Queen Square, Brighton, on February 17.
Medland, of Cavell Close, Peacehaven, admits manslaughter but denies murder.
Prosecutor Richard Barton, summing up after a two-week trial, said: “When he petulantly reveals his grand gesture, that he plans to kill himself in front of her, and she says ‘go on, do it’, he snaps, and the anger boils over, and the rage comes out, and it comes out with a lock-knife, and it tangles in her hair, and he takes out further knives to injure her further.
“This isn’t a man so out of control he doesn’t know what he’s doing. This is a man who says ‘just leave me and my wife to die’.
“He is seen crouching over her dead body like an animal over his prey.
“And after killing her he gets up and asks for a cigarette.
“You may feel that this was a man who frankly felt little remorse for what he had done.”
Giving evidence, Medland said he had no recollection of the attack and had no intention of killing his wife.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Graham Trembath, defending, said Medland had suffered severe depression following several bereavements.
He said: “It was God’s cruel joke that on the very same day he discovered that Sam had miscarried he also discovered his daughter Sophie had died aged three years old.
“Depression is not a fiction, depression was diagnosed and confirmed by two psychiatrists.
“The defence does not absolve Ty Medland from responsibility for the death of his wife, but it is what it says on the tin: diminished responsibility.”
Judge Anthony Scott-Gall is summing up the case to the jury this morning with the jury expected to start deliberating this afternoon.
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