A Welwyn Back garden City male attempted to murder a former spouse soon after telling her: “We are likely to die tonight,” a jury heard.

Darryl Harding, 53, had subjected the victim to controlling or coercive conduct for nearly five several years in advance of that, it was alleged.

Prosecutor Philip Misner explained to St Albans Crown Courtroom Harding had been in a relationship with the 43-year-aged for at minimum six decades.

He said: “During that time he belittled her to destroy her self-esteem. He designed her really feel little and worthless.”

He mentioned on one occasion Harding set fire to her kitchen area curtains and on a different he threw two turtles from a tank into the backyard garden where by they died. He is reported to have smashed her iPhones since he did not want any one else chatting to her.


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“He smashed the entrance offside window of her auto, punched her in the face and pulled her out of the auto. He continuously punched her in the hallway of their dwelling.

“He smashed TVs, mirrors, photographs and punched holes in the kitchen area and hall walls.”

Mr Misner alleged he had thrown her close to the area and had crushed her up many occasions.

“He threatened to burn off a neighbour’s dwelling down since the neighbour had aided her thoroughly clean up soon after a single of his violent tantrums -almost nothing of system would be his fault,” he reported.

The female claimed him to the police in April final 12 months and he was bailed and told not to have any call with her.

Irrespective of the bail disorders, they achieved at the Chieftain Pub in Welwyn Back garden Town. She recorded some of the conversation in which the prosecutor stated he “treated her with contempt” and “put her down”.

Just after they left the Chieftain, they went on to the Homestead Courtroom Hotel in the town the place Mr Misner alleged he complained he experienced been “stitched up”.

He went on: “He smashed the Tv in the room. He punched the shower screen when she was in tub, seized her in the bath and began to strangle her.”

The jury was informed the sound led to the law enforcement getting known as. When the officers arrived she claimed all the things was all right. He was arrested for breach of bail and bailed once again telling officers: “This is what occurs when you crack up with your girlfriend.”

When questioned he denied assaulting her, declaring she was lying and environment him up.

Harding was bailed to a friend’s handle. The female frequented him there on Saturday January 30. Mr Misner reported: “The two of them drank wine. He started off shouting at her declaring he was apprehensive about likely to prison and that she was viewing one more person.”

Soon after telling her: “We are the two heading to die to evening,” he experienced intercourse with the woman. The prosecutor stated he ongoing to discuss about the other guy before she observed him go about to a guide scenario.

“Standing with a leg each individual aspect of her he slashed her suitable wrist and lower her throat with a Stanley knife. He then slashed at his own neck when the others became involved,” reported Mr Misner.

The woman locked herself in a bathroom right up until the law enforcement arrived. Harding was arrested and taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London in which he been given stitches to his neck. When two police officers went to consider him to custody in Herts he grabbed a pair of scissors. When one of the officers took the scissors absent, Harding ran off.

He was chased as a result of the healthcare facility but came to some locked doorways and was arrested right after Parva spray experienced been made use of on him. He answered no remark to police issues on that celebration.

Harding of Very little Hardings, WGC, denies controlling or coercive conduct December 29 2015 to October 8 2020, tried murder on  January 31 2021 with an substitute billed of wounding with intent and escaping from custody on the identical working day.

The jury is envisioned to go out for deliberations this afternoon.