A ‘NARCISSIST’ who stabbed his former partner to death in the street was driven away from the scene by his married older lover, a court has heard.
Torbjorn Kettlewell knifed his ex Kelly Franklin, the mother of his three children, more than 30 times and was then was helped to get away by a 48-year-old neighbour who had started a sexual relationship with him, it is alleged.
Ms Franklin, 29, suffered a ‘catastrophic loss of blood’ in the ‘horrific attack’ in Hartlepool in August, said prosecutors.
Kettlewell, 30, and Julie Wass both deny murder.
After splitting with his former partner, Kettlewell continued hoping he could get her and the older woman together in a threesome, Teesside crown court heard.
Kettlewell, also known as Ian, lost custody of their children after he accidentally shot one of them in the face with a high-powered air rifle.
The court heard he was angry with his ex-partner because she was ‘ignoring him’ and moving on with her life.
At around 9pm on August 3, he searched for her and ‘brutally’ attacked her with a kitchen knife he took from his flat.
Terrified members of the public witnessed the stabbing, the court heard.
Wass had driven him there and then sped him away from the scene, taking him to woods in Co. Durham, where he could hide and destroy his phone.
Jamie Hill QC, prosecuting, said: ‘This is a classic and terrible case of a defendant who decided “if I cannot have her then nobody else will”.
‘The whole picture is of someone who is utterly self-centred and narcissistic.’
He said Kettlewell was obsessed with sex and determined to get Wass, who has four daughters, and his ex-partner together. ‘He was hoping to draw her into his sexual fantasies and involve her with Kelly as well,’ said Mr Hill, adding Wass was ‘completely in his thrall’.
Kettlewell was also said to be fascinated by knives and the Army, although he had never served. The trial continues.