Victim had gaping cut – but no blood

Estelle Ellis

THE flat smelt of beer and blood. Broken beer bottles and glasses were strewn about. The deceased was lying stretched out next to the couple’s bed, clad only in pyjama pants. Despite the gaping neck injury, there was no blood.

This was the scene described by an ambulance driver who first attended to what the state alleges was the scene of a brutal ritual murder.

The woman who stands accused of the crime, Samantha Mitchell, yesterday denied killing her life partner, Grace Tommy, in their Prospect Hill flat on December 21 2008, saying theirs was a love story that ended in tragedy.

Her counsel, Johan van der Spuy, said Mitchell would testify that Tommy was killed by Nigerians who assaulted her when she returned from a trip to buy beer at a nearby shebeen.

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