Resentful stablehand murdered woman who took his job in vicious knife attack

first_imgMost well-balanced individuals who lose their job wouldn’t then resort to violence against the person taking over their jobDavid Gordon, prosecuting He said: “While the defendant may have made an outward show of not being bothered about losing his job looking after Pamela Newton’s horses, in fact, he harboured resentment about it and this may have provided him with a motive.”Mr Gordon added: “This might sound extreme. Most well-balanced individuals who lose their job wouldn’t then resort to violence against the person taking over their job, but there it is.”The prosecution say that the attack upon Miss Southwell was vicious, relatively protracted, it seems to have involved at least 19 wounds being inflicted to her head and body with a sharp weapon.”And what we say is that Miss Southwell had no known enemies and yet the attack would seem to suggest someone who had a grudge or resentment against her or somebody who was in a disturbed state of mind or both.”The jury, of 11 women and one man, heard Miss Southwell, who was single and lived with her brother and elderly mother, was seen working at Grange Farm on the morning of the murder on July 15 last year.Her brother, Samuel Southwell, who became worried when she did not return home for lunch or dinner, went to look for her and found her in a barn, lying on her back behind a wheelbarrow, the jury was told.Mr Gordon said she had been stabbed repeatedly. The court heard Edwards had found new employment at a neighbouring farm and was working there on the morning of the murder. A stable-hand murdered a 60-year-old woman as he resented losing his job to her before leaving her blood-covered body in a barn, a court heard.Daniel Edwards, 22, is accused of killing Fiona Southwell, who was found dead with 19 stab wounds to her head and body at a farm near Hornsea, East Yorkshire.The jury was told Edwards, who was replaced by Miss Southwell after being sacked at Grange Farm, discussed asking for his old role back the day after her death.David Gordon, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, told the trial Edwards might have held a grudge against Miss Southwell. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Grange Farm in Hornsea, where the body of Fiona Southwell was The following day, he went to work and asked his employer’s partner, John Tierney, if he should ask for his old job back, the trial heard.Mr Gordon said: “The defendant asked John Tierney if he thought that he, the defendant, should ask Pamela Newton about getting his old job back looking after the horses now that Miss Southwell was dead.”Edwards was arrested at his family home in Hornsea on the evening of July 16 and clothing – stained with blood belonging to Miss Southwell – was recovered from his bedroom, the court heard.Miss Southwell’s blood was also found on Edwards’s ankle; a kitchen knife, found discarded in a hedgerow near the farm and from a block kept at Maxholme; and a blood-stained child’s vest, thought to have been used to wipe the knife clean and of the type used as cloths at Maxholme, the jury was told.Edwards’s DNA was also found on areas of the vest and blood on his clothing suggested he was near to Miss Southwell as she lay bleeding from her injuries and still alive, Mr Gordon said.last_img