Lover kills woman for taking another man’s name during sex

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

LONDON - A woman in Britain was stabbed and then throttled to death by her lover after she cried out another man’s name while they were having sex.

Gary Higgs, who was the live-in lover of Joanne Kitchen, stabbed her to death.

Higgs was enraged after Kitchen suddenly cried out: “Chris!” when they were having sex, Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

He went downstairs, picked up a knife and twice stabbed Kitchen. He then throttled her to death with the electrical flex of their alarm clock.

Higgs told police: “I asked her why she said `Chris’, but she said she must have been thinking about her daughter’s boyfriend Chris.”

Manchester Crown Court was told that Chris had been at the house the day before. The incident took place early one morning in April this year at the house in Radcliffe, near Bury.

Higgs added: “It didn’t make any sense to me and I was getting more angry. Why was she thinking about her daughter’s boyfriend when we were having sex?”

“I couldn’t get things out of my mind. I didn’t know exactly what I was thinking. I picked the knife up and carried it upstairs to the bedroom. I don’t remember thinking I wanted to harm Jo at this time. I was just so mad.”

He told investigators that when he stabbed Kitchen, she told him: “You’ve killed me.”

Higgs was Monday jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum of 15 years.

The couple had moved in together after talking on Facebook.

Judge Andrew Gilbart said that their relationship had been overcome by financial tensions.

“Those tensions can lead to mistrust and sexual jealousy. It seems you were overcome by your view that she could still be interested sexually in others and be as readily welcoming to conduct an affair with others as she had been with you,” the judge said.

“There is no evidence of that whatsoever, but even if there were, it cannot justify what you did. In my judgment, this is a case of an unreasonably possessive man killing his lover in a rage.”

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