Jealous girlfriend bit her partner’s testicles ‘before grinning as she stabbed him to death in frenzied attack’

  • Cordelia Farrell, 38, from Birmingham, accused of stabbing her partner to death 
  • Wayne Coventry, 36, was found dead at his brother’s home in Worcestershire
  • Farrell bit Mr Coventry’s private parts weeks before stabbing him, court heard
  • She has denied murder, assault and an alternative charge of manslaughter 

A jealous girlfriend ‘grinned’ as she stabbed her partner to death in front of friends just weeks after biting his testicles in a savage attack, a court heard.  

Cordelia Farrell, 38, from Birmingham, is accused of murdering her partner Wayne Coventry, 36, in a violent rage after he was found dead at his brother’s home in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on October 14 last year.  

Just weeks before the stabbing, Farrell had attacked Mr Coventry by dragging him around his flat by his testicles and biting his genitals, Worcester Crown Court heard.

When she was arrested for the assault, the court heard she told police that one of them ‘would end up dead’.  

Wayne Coventry, 36, was found dead at his brother's home in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on October 14 last year

Wayne Coventry, 36, was found dead at his brother’s home in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on October 14 last year

Jurors heard Mr Coventry and Farrell had been in a two-and-a-half year relationship which was described as ‘toxic’ and ‘characterised by violence and jealousy’. 

Dayfdd Enoch QC, prosecuting, said: ‘In front of three witnesses this defendant removed from a kitchen knife block a large kitchen knife and she turned to Wayne Coventry who turned to face her.

‘She raised the knife up high and brought it down in a classic stabbing motion and plunged it deep into the middle of his chest.

‘It went in to a depth of 9cm. It went straight into his aorta. He didn’t stand a chance.

‘He collapsed and died within a minute or two.’

Mr Enoch went on to describe how one of the witnesses, Tony Marks, said: ‘She smiled as she pulled the knife out and grinned as if she was pleased in what she had just done’.

The prosecutor continued: ‘She took her revenge or retaliation, as she herself described it, and deliberately and maliciously stabbed him.

‘It’s no coincidence that the defendant was to say to the police a month before the killing, when she was arrested for assault, that one of them would end up dead.

‘How right she was in that prophecy.’

Worcester Crown Court heard that Farrell had attacked Mr Coventry just weeks before stabbing him

Worcester Crown Court heard that Farrell had attacked Mr Coventry just weeks before stabbing him

Mr Enoch went on to describe how Mr Coventry called 999 while he was in the process of being attacked by Farrell on September 11 last year- just weeks before he was killed.

He said: ‘During the course of that assault Miss Farrell grabbed Mr Coventry by the testicles in both her hands and later dragged him around the flat by his testicles.

‘That of course caused him immense pain and swelling. In the course of that attack she later bit his private parts.

‘She was to stab him in the back with a piece of broken crockery or glass, causing a wound to his back.’

Police body-cam footage showed Mr Coventry bleeding from his face and back, and displaying the injury to his genitals to an officer.

The court heard before the initial attack Farrell had tried to ‘wind up’ Mr Coventry by watching YouTube music videos featuring her ex-boyfriend.

The court heard Farrell told officers: ‘It’s getting worse and worse and one of us is going to end up dead.’

Mr Enoch said she had previously been heard to say: ‘I’m going to kill him’.

He added: ‘If ever a murder was predictable it was this one.’

Farrell, from Birmingham, denies murder, assault and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The trial continues. 

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