Ex-prisoner says he 'accidentally' stabbed lover after row over dinner

deur die ma van twee in die oog met eetgerei mes te steek tydens brandende ry oor hul soetsuur aandete Lee Kendall, 49, deur die ma van twee in die oog met eetgerei mes te steek tydens brandende ry oor hul soetsuur aandete Lee Kendall, 42, who ‘stabbed her in the eye with a cutlery knife during blazing row over their dinner, hof verhoor

  • Mother-of-two Michaela Hall, 49, was stabbed by Lee Kendall, 42, at her home
  • The couple had been arguing about a dinner Ms Hall had made on May 31, 2021
  • During an argument, Kendall claimed Ms Hall grabbed a knife from the bedroom
  • He told the jury he grabbed the knife off her and it ended up going in her eye
  • Kendall admitted stabbing her but denied murder, claiming it was not intentional
  • A man accused of murdering his partner has claimed he accidentally stabbed her in the eye during a row over a sweet and sour dinner.

    Mother-of-two Michaela Hall, 49, was killed by Lee Kendall, 42, at her home in a small Cornish village, a jury at Truro Crown Court was told.

    After rowing over a dinner that Kendall ‘didn’t want’, Ms Hall was stabbed to death in her bedroom on May 31 laas jaar, het die jurie gehoor.

    Taking to the witness stand, Kendall admitted stabbing her but denied murder and claimed it was not intentional.

    He told the jury he ‘jerkedthe knife towards Ms Hall at the same time she moved towards him ‘and it ended up going in her eye’.

    After removing the blade, he said he asked her if she was OK, before putting the knife in the kitchen sink and heading out to carry on drinking.

    Ms Hall’s body was eventually found by her parents who had become concerned for her when they had not heard from her.

    Ms Hall, a former Virgin Airways senior air stewardess, met Kendall when she worked for a charity helping prisoners when they are freed from custody.

    Truro Crown Court heard she broke professional boundaries as his support worker and began an intimate sexual relationship before he moved into her home in Mount Hawke, Cornwall.

    Mother-of-two Michaela Hall, 49, was killed by Lee Kendall, 42, at her home in a small Cornish village, a jury at Truro Crown Court was told

    Mother-of-two Michaela Hall, 49, was killed by Lee Kendall, 42, at her home in a small Cornish village, a jury at Truro Crown Court was told

    On the witness stand, Kendall told the court they had been arguing over the sweet and sour food she had prepared for them and she got upset with him when he told her he did not want to eat it, before he put it in the bin.

    When interviewed by police after her death, he told them Ms Hall had a small black handled knife in her hand which he took off her before she left the room and went into a small bedroom.

    Kendall said he did not follow her immediately but could hear she was talking to somebody on the phone.

    He claimed he felt hurt and angry about the call because it sounded like she was ‘slagging me off’.

    He went into the room to find Ms Hall laid across the bottom bunk bed and said he forcefully took the phone from her and threw it across the room.

    Hy het gesê: ‘I grabbed her around the throat as she was kicking me and I took the phone.

    He said Michaela managed to grab hold of a cutlery knife that was in the room as it had been used as a screwdriver for some DIY.

    ‘We were both being horrible to each other,’ said Kendall.

    ‘Telling her to: “F**k off. Leave me alone. Wat is fout met jou?”.

    ‘She was being the same towards me. She was screaming at me. She thrust the knife into my chest once.

    He said he took the knife off Ms Hall by grabbing hold of the blade with his left hand while she held onto him.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘As we were struggling my hand is jerked away from her at the same time she is coming towards me and it ended up going in her eye.

    He claimed Ms Hall was still standing in front of him after the stabbing before he removed the knife and asked if she was OK.

    He said she responded to say she was but asked him for a drink of water which he got her.

    Toe hy terugkom, he said she was sitting on the bed and then lay on the floor. He said he got her onto the bed and put a pillow under her head before he went out and carried on drinking.

    Asked why he did not call the ambulance, he said he thought she would ‘be fine’.

    Na die messteek, Kendall said he threw the knife in a sink and later took it out, dried it and put it back in the cutlery drawer ‘with the rest of them’.

    Bewyse lewer, Ms Hall’s friend Clair Basnett said she was on the phone with her when she suddenly heard screams like ‘something out of a horror movie’.

    Former prisoner Lee Kendall has denied murder and is on trial at Truro Crown Court (op die foto)

    Former prisoner Lee Kendall has denied murder and is on trial at Truro Crown Court (op die foto)

    Living in Gran Canaria, Ms Basnett said she kept in contact with Ms Hall via social media and calls.

    She said she ignored a call from her on May 31, 2021 at 10pm, but answered a second call at 10.10pm.

    ‘Michaela was whispering,’ het sy aan die jurie gesê.

    ‘I asked her why she was whispering. The reason I asked was because she hadn’t been honest with me at that point about Lee being back in the house, which is the reason why I was cross with her.

    ‘When I asked why she was whispering she repliedLee is on one. I really don’t know what to do”.

    ‘At which point I asked her if she was able to get out of the house. She said Lee had locked all the doors and had the keys.

    According to Ms Basnett, Ms Hall told her she would need to send photographs of what he had done to her neck in the past few days ‘in case anything happened to her’.

    ‘She asked me to call the police but she said to meDon’t call them straight away because I could be in grave danger if you do so”,’ added Ms Basnett.

    ‘I then heard Lee enter the room. She started telling him to stay away from her. I could hear his voice. Michaela was screaming by this time telling Lee to get off her and keep back.

    ‘The noise was horrific, you could hear him hitting her. I could hear her screaming, him shouting. Really really hard to explain noises but literally sounded like something off a horror film.

    She said she called the emergency services, eventually getting through to Crimestoppers, who she asked to place the 999 call for her.

    She said she tried to phone Ms Hall the following morning but got no reply and also never heard back to a message she left her on Facebook asking if she was OK.

    In a video of a police interview shown to the jury, Ms Hall’s father said he and her mother visited her house after becoming concerned about not hearing from their daughter.

    They went to her landlord’s house to get the keys and when inside the property they found their daughter lying on the bed with blood on the pillow. Her father said her body was cold.

    Kendall denies murder and the trial continues.