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Mistress gives evidence at lover’s wife murder trial

EVIDENCE: Kendra James-Booth

AN AMERICAN mistress, whose lover’s wife contacted her via Facebook to expose him as a love cheat, has given evidence at a trial into her murder.

Kendra James-Booth told of how she met Richard Davies Jones, accused of murdering wife, Laura, in London two years ago and was under the “assumption” that he was single.

She told the court that moving from America to Switzerland with her husband to fufill work commitments had put a strain on their marriage, and that she would frquently meet Davies Jones, also a solictor, during visits to London.

She said: “In 2009 I met him in London. I was staying at a hotel on the South Bank. He came for dinner and he stayed over. Richard was single, that was the general assumption.”

Mrs James-Booth also claimed that Mr Davies’ wife had contacted her via Facebook last year saying that she was married to the father of three, but admitted that she thought the message was a prank.

She said: "He said that someone had hacked his Facebook account and I got this message so I assumed it was that person.”

Mr Davies is accused of knifing his wife to death after she confronted him about the affair, although he claims he acted in self-defence.

It is believed that the 33-year-old stabbed Laura in the neck just weeks after she had given birth to their third child because she had threatened to leave him and take their children with her to her mother’s Yorkshire home.

The former army captain then allegedly watched the 31-year-old bleed to death on the snow-covered driveway of their detached home in Ashtead, Surrey, on December 1, 2010.

Reports have also claimed that the couples relationship was quite volitile and that they would often receive visits from the police.

Prosecutor Heather Norton said: “It is the Crown’s case that by this point, some half an hour before her death, it was Laura Davies Jones’s clear intention to return to Harrogate with her children that day.”

Mr Davies denies murder, claiming he acted in self-defence after his wife stabbed him first during the row. When police arrived he had a wound to his neck that was bleeding heavily.

The trial continues.

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