A JILTED ex-girlfriend told police medics that injuries to her hands were caused by cooking accidents and not during a fatal fight with her love rival, a court heard.
Karla Biddle, of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood, was arrested after 30-year-old Emma Bradshaw died from stab wounds sustained at the home of Ashley Watson – who had been in relationships with both women.
At Warwick Crown Court, PC Karole Vickers, of Solihull Police Station evidence review team, said he had spoken to Karla Biddle, whose right middle finger was bandaged, in the custody block on May 14 last year.
He said: “I asked what she had done and she told me she had burnt it while cooking fish and chips. She stated she had picked at the blister, making it bleed.
“The doctor saw there was a fresh cut to the underside of the right middle finger. I am a qualified first aider and I know the difference between a blister and a cut. She had a laceration.”
PC Vickers also quizzed Biddle about other injuries.
She added: “She had some sterile strips on her left hand. A doctor asked her to remove them and there was a one-and-a-half inch laceration. She stated she had cut herself with a knife while cutting a bagel at about 8.20am that morning.”
Biddle, 32, has denied the murder of Ms Bradshaw, in Berkley Road, Shirley, last May. Car parts consultant Mr Watson, aged 32, had been in an on-off relationship with Biddle for 14 years. The prosecution alleged that Biddle went to the house with a knife intent on harming Ms Bradshaw, who lived in Clarence Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.
Biddle at first denied being at the house on the morning of the attack but later admitted to police she was there.
She said she only went to talk to her love rival but when she got there Ms Bradshaw went to the kitchen and got a knife.
Biddle stated that during the struggle, which spilled to the street outside, she pushed the knife towards Ms Bradshaw but did not think she had caused her any injuries.
Earlier in the trial Biddle claimed it was she who was attacked when Ms Bradshaw came towards her brandishing a knife.
In her police interview Biddle said that while she was in the hallway Ms Bradshaw had gone into the kitchen, returned with a knife and came towards her with it, saying: “I’m not going to tell you again, f... off.”
She added that in the struggle which followed when she grabbed Ms Bradshaw’s arm, the knife had gone down and into the dressing gown she was wearing.
But forensic scientist Andrew Palmer said that Ms Bradshaw had started bleeding in the kitchen, not the hallway where Biddle said the confrontation took place.