Nothing her two-timing boyfriend had done gave Karla Biddle “a jot of justification” for going to his home and attacking the other woman with a knife, a jury had been told.
During her trial at Warwick Crown Court it has been said that Biddle’s boyfriend since their school days, Ashley Watson, was also in a relationship with Emma Bradshaw.
On May 14 last year, the day she considers their “anniversary,” Biddle went to Ashley’s home in Berkeley Road, Solihull, where Emma had spent the night, early that morning.
Prosecutor Mark Wall QC alleged she waited until Emma was alone in the house, then went in armed with a kitchen knife and stabbed her twice in the abdomen. A struggle between them then carried on after Emma fled into the street, before Biddle left and Emma staggered to a nearby house and then back to the road where she collapsed, and died shortly after being rushed to hospital.
But Biddle says she went there only to ask Emma if anything was going on between her and Ashley, and claims it was Emma who came towards her brandishing the knife.
Biddle, aged 32, of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood, has denied murdering Emma, of Clarence Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, during the incident.
In his closing speech Mr Wall told the jury that it seemed the first week of the trial had been dominated by the evidence of one man – Ashley Watson.
“You may think that he comes out of it with very little credit. But even if that is the view you take, Emma was innocent in it,” said Mr Wall. “Nothing that Ashley could have done to Karla Biddle, and whatever effect it had, provided her with a jot of justification for going round there and attacking Emma.”
Mr Wall said a central question was why Biddle went there when Emma was alone. She wanted information because she had no more than a suspicion, she said, that Ashley was seeing Emma but Mr Wall claimed: “She went round there to do something about it – and do something about it she did.”
The trial continues.