Amelia Arnold murder trial: Accused claims former girlfriend 'swung dumbbell bar' at him
PUBLISHED: 14:29 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:29 15 July 2013
MURDER accused Jack Wall said his former girlfriend twice tried to swing a dumbbell bar at him before he killed her with it, a court heard today (Monday).
"I swung it (the bar) at her. I don’t remember how many times I used the bar."
Wall said Amelia Arnold picked up the weights bar following an argument about him moving out of their home in Stevenage and tried to hit him with it.
The 22-year-old, who has admitted manslaughter but denies murdering Miss Arnold, told jurors at Blackfriars Crown Court that he did not intend to kill the 19-year-old, who was the mother of his 11-month-old daughter Lexi.
Wall told the court that he had agreed to move out of Miss Arnold’s flat in Hadrian’s Walk on November 7 last year, and had been packing up items – including dumbbell bars – the following morning when Miss Arnold asked him about paperwork he was holding.
Wall told the court it was a solicitor’s letter relating to another daughter he had from a previous relationship and had said to Miss Arnold: “It’s mine”.
He said they both struggled over the paperwork in the upstairs bedroom.
Taking to the stand this morning after failing to appear twice last week due to illness, Wall said: “I just yanked it (the letter) and Amelia fell down.
“She said: ‘That’s it I’m calling the police’.
“She got her phone out her pocket and I snatched it out of her hand.
“I chucked her phone down on the far side of the bedroom.
“As Amelia went for it, instead of grabbing the phone she grabbed the bar.
“She had her back to me and she swung it round. She swung it at me.
“The second time she raised her arms up with it.
“I couldn’t move back so I jumped forward and grabbed her arm. I pulled the bar from her hand and she just slapped me.”
Wall said Miss Arnold swore at him before saying: “You’re not seeing Lexi.”
Sobbing, Wall told the court: “I swung it (the bar) at her.
“I don’t remember how many times I used the bar.”
Miss Arnold’s body was later discovered in a shallow grave in Travellers Lane, Hatfield, and bloodstained carpet was found in Hollybush Lane, Welwyn Garden City.
The trial continues.
For full coverage of the case, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, on sale from Wednesday.