A grandmother wept as she told a court how she stabbed her son’s former partner to death after she threatened to move away with the defendant’s young grandson to the Isle of Man.
Heather Emmonds, 58, said she “had enough” after Tina Casey, 42, called her a “bad grandmother” for not helping her when she asked for a loan, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The defendant denies murder on the grounds of loss of control and diminished responsibility.
She picked up a knife and stabbed Ms Casey in the neck and stomach as she lay on the settee in her home in Holywell, North Tyneside, in February.
Emmonds, of Blyth Street, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, told the jury she went round to Ms Casey’s home to sort out a row between her son and his ex-partner. she said Ms Casey threatened to move back to the Isle of Man, where she had previously lived for some years.
“She asked me for a loan of some money to help her out with her debt. I said I couldn’t lend her any money,” the grey-haired defendant said. “She said you have loads of money in the bank. I said ‘yes, but it is tied up’.
“She said ‘if it had been your two precious sons you would have been straight to the bank and got money out’. I said ‘yes, they are my family’.
“She started getting agitated, saying I was not thinking about (her young grandson) and I had done nothing to help her, when I had done an awful lot to help her over the years.
“She said I was a bad grandmother because I wouldn’t help her and (my grandson).”
Recalling how she felt, Emmonds said: “I just thought I have had enough of this, I had lent her money time after time.
“I was fed up, I had had enough. I just thought it is all ‘me, me, me’.”
Crying, she said: “I don’t remember picking the knife up. It was on the table for what ever reason, only Tina will know. I came out from behind, she was lying on the settee with her arms crossed.
“She was talking but I don’t know what she was saying. I stabbed her.”
Emmonds said she first stabbed Ms Casey in the neck, then in the stomach.
Earlier, the defendant said Ms Casey was going to claim the family had been wiped out in a car crash.
“She was going to change my grandson’s hair colour, change his name by deed poll and tell him we had all been killed in car accident and he had no grandparents or daddy,” Emmonds said.
Emmonds denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The trial continues.