A JEWELLER who knifed her intrigue boyfriend to death wept as she was privileged of his murder after insisting she feared for her life after he bit her face and “waterboarded” her in the bath.
Elizabeth Hart-Browne, 27, stabbed Stephen Rayner, 25, 3 times during a quarrel when she got back to their prosaic in Acton, west London from a party where she had been celebration champagne.
The mother-of-two plunged the vast kitchen knife low into his neck as her children slept just yards divided on Sep 17 last year before he staggered outward and collapsed in a pool of blood.
Hart-Browne, who was the partner manager at Ernest Jones’ flagship trinket store in the Westfield selling centre, told police: “I have just killed the man we love.”
Prosecutors pronounced she could not control her emotions towards Mr Rayner and was driven by ‘paranoid jealousy’ fuelled by him texting other women and using Tinder to have affairs.
Jurors listened she had knifed Mr Rayner twice before – but clear Hart-Browne of murder at the Old Bailey after deliberating for 14 hours and 55 minutes.
In the days heading up to Sep 17 the couple had been arguing about his poise and her jealousy.
Rayner had taken their child to see Queen’s Park Rangers play football and was fibbing down in the temporary bed they slept on in their vital room when Hart-Browne returned from a family party.
She was “tipsy” having dipsomaniac champagne and CCTV prisoner her somewhat weaving walk home before neighbours listened a shrill quarrel from Baker House in Nightingale Road.
But prosecutors pronounced Hart-Browne deliberately armed herself with a knife from the kitchen before deliberately stabbing Mr Rayner, intending to means him critical mistreat or death when she struck the deadly blow between 10.45pm and 10.55pm.
Hart-Browne claimed she had picked up the blade in the march of a aroused onslaught when they were entwined like a “twisted pretzel” and “forgot” she was holding it when the blows were struck.
She sobbed as the outcome was returned before she was led from the wharf in tears.
The justice listened how assault became normal in the couple’s poisonous on and off six-year attribute after they met in a bar in Hammersmith, west London, in 2010.
Mr Rayner was systematic by a justice to finish a domestic abuse programme after Hart-Browne was forced to urge herself with her stiletto shoe after an attack outward a nightclub in 2012.
But he went on to hit her out when she fell against a counterpart during a quarrel at her mother’s house, bluster to kill her and punch her in the face since he complained she hadn’t finished the soaking up.
Hart-Browne told jurors she took out life insurance in Jan 2015, fearing her partner would kill her after he bit her face during an attack, and claimed he “waterboarded” her by putting her conduct under the taps in the bath in Jun last year.
Hart-Browne, of Baker House, Nightingale Road, Acton, denied murdering Mr Rayner, creatively from New Milton, Hants.
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