Murder suspect 'stabbed mother-of-three more than 20 times'
A MURDER suspect fled the country hours after stabbing a mother-of-three more than 20 times, a court heard.
Joseph Davies, aged 36, denies killing Kelly Davies, the mother of his children, at her home in Queen Street, Farnworth, on the evening of June 2.
Manchester Crown Court heard that the body of Ms Davies, aged 31, was found two days later by Vincent Walmersley, a friend.
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said: "Kelly Davies was found in the lounge of her home. She had been repeatedly stabbed to the throat and neck with a knife.
"There were more than 20 deep wounds, some of which had severed an artery and caused her to bleed to death.
“The nature and distribution of wounds to her neck demonstrated the attack upon her was sustained, deliberate and personal."
The court heard Davies, of no fixed address, and Ms Davies had been in a "stormy" relationship, which had periods of separation when he was in custody.
Ms Davies had been told by authorities that she would not be able to take her care of her youngest child, then aged 18 months, if she continued her relationship with Davies.
It is alleged Ms Davies was murdered a day after her partner had been released from prison.
The jury of seven men and five women heard that Davies was seen leaving Queen Street after 11pm on Saturday, June 2, and getting a taxi to Manchester Airport. He travelled with no luggage.
He left the airport within a few minutes and paid more than £400 for a taxi to London St Pancras Station, where he got on the Eurostar to Lille in France.
Davies was arrested on June 8 as he lay in a hospital bed in The Hague, Holland.
He had been hit by a train while he was drunk and had to have his lower right leg amputated.
Mr Wright said: "We say it was a decision taken in the spur of the moment as Ms Davies lay dying in her flat.
"There was no time to pack or get his belongings. He needed to leave and leave quickly.
"Had it not been for the collision in The Netherlands he had the intention of keeping out of the way for as long as he possibly could."
Davies was found with Ms Davies' mobile phone while he was in hospital but the SIM card had been removed, the court heard.
The case continues.