‘Bully’ boyfriend ‘stabbed girlfriend to death by knifing her 50 times in neck before mum helped him cover up murder’

A “BULLY” boyfriend allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death by knifing her more than 50 times.

Mum-of-two Kerry Woolley was  found dead with “catastrophic” injuries in July last year.

Kerry, 38, was found in the bedroom of her flat off Warwick Road in Solihull, West Mids.

Birmingham Crown Court was told her 38-year-old boyfriend Ian Bennett had researched the “best way to get revenge on a woman” before the alleged killing – with the Crown saying he was “jealous and possessive”.

The prosecution told jurors dashcam footage recovered from his mum's car showed him throwing a plastic bag in a canal – which the Crown argue was a large knife.

The knife was later tied to Kerry with DNA evidence, the court heard, as Bennett's mum, Linda, was also hauled before the judge – charged with perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.

The court was also told Ian Bennett’s 999 call was a “pre-planned web of deceit”, and that "not a word of truth passed his lips," during the call.

Bennett has been charged with a single count of murder. 

His 63-year-old mother, Lynda, has been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice – after allegedly making a false witness statement.

Opening the case against the Bennetts on Tuesday, Caroline Goodwin QC told jurors the 999 call made by Bennett "was nothing other than a pre-planned call, hours after he already knew that she was in fact dead".

She added: “He had been a guest in her home the night before, they had only been going out for a month or so and he, say the Crown, on that Saturday night to Sunday morning, attacked her.

“It was a deliberate attack to kill her or cause grievous bodily harm. 

"It was brutal and deliberate.”

Ms Goodwin added that Kerry's injuries "were significant in nature and number."

She explained how the mum sustained 54 sharp-force injuries, the majority to her neck.

“This was violence delivered by Ian Bennett and was done not just with one knife but with two," Ms Goodwin said.

She added: "They were catastrophic.”


Speaking about the behaviour of the alleged killer, Ms Goodwin said: “He sought to duck and dive and mislead the police.

“The Crown say he is still lying now.”

The prosecution said Ian Bennett attempted to “cover up” what he had done, before adding: “The destruction of that evidence was done with the willing assistance of his mother, Lynda Bennett.

“She was to become a willing participant in the disposal of that evidence, which so obviously tied her son to this offence, forever trying to eliminate evidence that would have assisted the police in the investigation of this crime.

“Lynda’s car… is seen to stop adjacent to a canal bridge and the defendant Ian Bennett can be seen throwing something wrapped in a plastic bag into the canal.

“The Crown says this was evidence from the scene – a knife was, in fact, recovered from that location, and was subsequently forensically connected to Kerry.”

The trial continues.

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