Friday, 27 May 2022

Ex-prisoner allegedly ‘stabs woman to death through eye after becoming lover’

A former charity worker was stabbed to death – through her eye – by a former prisoner who she was also romantically involved with, a court heard.

The trial of Lee Kendall, who allegedly killed 49-year-old Michaela Hall is ongoing, but Truro Crown Court heard yesterday how she was working with a group helping former convicts to integrate back into society when she met the man.

The relationship was so serious that he moved into her Cornwall home.

But things took a serious turn when, during a phone call to a friend, she was allegedly heard shouting “Lee, stop Lee, get off me”.

The friend, who was abroad at the time, called police who went to the home three times over a 24-hour period, but found no sign of any disturbance.

The father of Ms Hall, a mum of two, managed to gain access to the property with a spare key from the landlord, which is when her body was found in the bedroom.

Jo Martin QC, prosecuting, said: “Sadly, Michaela’s personality type was unsuited for the role. She got too involved and got too close.

“She genuinely wanted to help, but she could not recognise the importance of professional boundaries. It wasn’t long before the violence started.

“She was seen with black eyes on numerous times, but refused to get help. Violence was a routine feature of the relationship.

“He killed her by stabbing her through the eye with a knife – there is no doubt that he did kill Michaela Hall.”

Mr Kendall denies murder after a postmortem showed that the woman had facial and neck wounds as a result of possible strangulation, and Kendall's DNA was also found on her neck.

Her death was recorded as a stab wound to the eye socket and brain, and Mr Kendall, 42, denies murdering her. The trial is currently ongoing.

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