Jury expected to return verdict today in case of Ty Medland accused of murdering wife Sam in Brighton (From The Argus)
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Jury expected to return verdict today in case of Ty Medland accused of murdering wife Sam in Brighton
A jury trying a man accused of murdering his wife in a busy square as she collected belongings from him following their marriage breakdown has retired to consider its verdict.
Ty Medland, 26, of Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven, armed himself with knives given to them as a wedding present before using one to launch a "frenzied attack" on 24-year-old Samantha Medland, jurors were told.
Before the attack, Medland uploaded to his Facebook page a link to a series of graphic pictures and videos of them having sex, the trial heard.
A message he wrote accompanying the link referred to Mrs Medland as "the cheating, lying, unloyal w**** who destroyed everything I loved and believe in".
Prosecutor Richard Barton told the trial at Lewes Crown Court, that she had become close to another man, Chris Wood, and rebuffed Medland's repeated attempts to patch up their marriage.
Medland, described as a "petulant, self-centred man", knifed her to death in the street as she collected belongings from him near her workplace in Queen Square, Brighton, on February 17.
At the time of the attack Samantha was living in Norfolk Square, Brighton, with her friend Ben Kennedy, who she was not in a relationship with.
Mr Kennedy told the court how he grabbed a knife from Medland, suffering cuts to his hand as he “tussled” for it.
The court was also told shortly before the knifing Medland sent a text message to a female friend.
In one message Medland wrote: “I could make a joke about murder suicide but that probably wouldn't be funny unless I actually did it.”
Asked about this, Medland said: “I'm not sure what was going through my head at that time. It was just an outburst of emotion.”
Medland has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after the court heard he suffered from a recognised mental condition but he denies murder.
The jury was sent home for the night and will resume its deliberations from 10am today.
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