A MAN accused of killing a former lover told jurors he unintentionally stabbed her during a sex game.
Alexander Burnett, aged 32, of Westlea View, Clowne, is accused of murdering 52-year-old Lee Hendry, of Brimington, Chesterfield, who he had lived with 12 years earlier.
The pair met up again after years apart when Lee posted a photograph of herself on Facebook and Burnett got in touch.
Burnett told jurors at Nottingham Crown Court that an evening of sex became increasingly kinky and claimed Ms Hendry had suggested using a knife because she liked strangulation.
He told the court he ‘panicked’ when he stabbed her in her neck in the early hours of September 13, 2011.
Ms Hendry died just a few hours later.
A pathologist, who carried out a post mortem examination on Ms Hendry’s body, told the court she was found with bruising around her neck consistent with strangulation and sex play.
Burnett, who denies murder, was called to give evidence on the fourth day of his trial and told jurors he would often strangle Ms Hendry during sex.
He claimed Ms Hendry chose the knife they used in the bedroom on the night she died.
He said: “She wanted the knife held to her throat at the same time I would normally be doing the strangulation.
“It would be pointed towards her throat. During sex she was showing me how to hold the knife to her.
“She was holding the knife with my hand over the top. She was underneath. I was on top.
“I went to roll her over on to her back and at that point the knife went into her neck.
“It happened instantaneously.”
Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, said Burnett ‘watched her die’ then did nothing to help her as he went to sleep by her side.
Mr Hendry claims he had feared that nobody would have believed what had happened.
The trial continues.