Her boyfriend strangled a mother in the presence of her baby after being forced to get on her knees and tell her love for him, a court heard.
Ian Paton, 36, is accused of killing Kayleigh Hanks, 29, before ringing 999 to tell them: “I think I restrained her too hard, and she’d stopped breathing.”
Care worker Kayleigh was told to be “over the moon” to discover she was anticipating baby Ava after being told she couldn’t have more kids.
But when her girl was seven months old, the mum-of-two was choked in front of her by her dad Paton, Hove Crown Court heard.
Jurors heard the pair had been in a turbulent on-off relationship leading up to Kayleigh’s passing on July 12 last year.
‘FORCED TO DECLARE LOVE’
She told companions they had both been “violent” towards each other – with the court trial how Paton once grabbed her head and crashed it into a car dashboard.
And Emma Hanks, her sister, told how she noticed Paton demanding Kayleigh get on her knees and tell her love for him.
Prosecutor Alexandra Healy QC said: “Emma tells that Kayleigh did that and put her hands into a prayer position.”
‘SHE WENT FOR ME’
The court listened how on July 20, after visiting her sister, Kayleigh and Paton left with their baby girl to go home to Bexhill, East Sussex.
He told the call handler: “She went for me, she had a knife. I held her, and she is on the floor now.
“I think I held her too hard and she’d stopped breathing.”
The court heard that when police came to the flat, they saw Paton standing in the doorway waiting for them.
Paton, from St Leonards, denies manslaughter.
The trial resumes.