Husband stabs wife over dry chicken comment

Russell Worthington stabbed his wife when she told him his chicken dinner was too dry. Photo / 123RF
Russell Worthington stabbed his wife when she told him his chicken dinner was too dry. Photo / 123RF

A man stabbed his wife of 33 years with a 20cm carving knife when she told him his chicken dinner was too dry, a court heard today.

Russell Worthington, 61, of Amesbury, Wiltshire, allegedly stabbed Gail, 63, before telling a 999 operator: "I'm sorry to bother you, but I've just killed my wife.''

The Daily Mail reports that he told police he "just snapped" and "reached the end of his tether" because "she's hated my guts for the last 30 years", Salisbury Crown Court heard.

Gail Worthington spent five weeks in intensive care but survived the alleged attack. Her husband denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

At Russell Worthington's trial today, his wife leaped to her husband's defence, claiming he had never been violent and that drinking turns her "into a monster".

The court heard the couple returned from the supermarket with alcohol and dinner before the drunken argument.

The row allegedly broke out when Mrs Worthington said the chicken was too dry and she hit him over the head while he was holding the carving knife.

Police and paramedics later arrived at their home and found the severely injured woman barely conscious and bleeding heavily on the sofa, with her husband sobbing.

A blood-covered knife was found in the kitchen as well as an empty bottle of vodka and Mr Worthington told officers he did not know why he had stabbed her.

The court heard he told police and paramedics at the scene: "Please save my wife, I stabbed her in the stomach. It's been coming for years, she drove me to it.

"I would much prefer it if you had brought a police dog that would have bitten me to death."

An extraordinary 999 call made by Mr Worthington moments after the alleged attack was played in court.

In the recording, he said: "I'm sorry to bother you, but I've just killed my wife. She's awake, but she's trying to die, I've stabbed her with a carving knife.

"She's really f***ed me up. I just snapped. The knife is in the kitchen. I'm not violent, when the police get here I'm going to help them, I'm not going to be violent.

"I won't hurt her any further, and I'm not going to hurt anyone who turns up here, I've just reached the end of my tether.

"She's hated my guts for the last 30 years, but I've lived with it. It goes on and on and on.

"I took her in because she needed looking after, and all she's done is give me s*** ever since. I'm so sorry, I'm not a bad person, I just can't take it. I'm a nice bloke.

"She's p***ed as a cricket, that's why I have done it. I didn't want to hurt her, I just wanted her to stop. I just want her to go to sleep and not wake up again.

"She's gone very grey in the face. Oh sweetheart I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, after all these years. I don't want her to die, I just want to get her the help that she needed.

"I have tried for the last 33 years to end her misery, but I'm not enough. I just picked up the knife and thought 'f*** you' and I stabbed her.

"Stay still, the ambulance is coming now. Don't worry my darling. I always wanted a baby, we never had children.

"All I wanted was babies and she promised me babies before we got married and it never happened. The helicopter is outside now, it's coming for Gail.

"The poor little thing, I have done my best to look after her but all I have got back for everything I have tried to do for her is s***. I do love her."

The court heard the wife sustained severe injuries to her abdomen and was "minimally conscious with part of her bowel protruding" when officers arrived at her home.

Mr Worthington was a diabetic who had not drunk alcohol for 18 months while his wife "undoubtedly" had a drinking problem, the jury was told.

Mrs Worthington, who has no memory of the alleged attack that left her "very close to death", defended her husband and said although their marriage had gone downhill, he was never violent.

She said: "[Drinking] turns me into a monster. I can never remember anything, but this is what he tells me.

"I completely change and get nasty - I swear at him, curse him and go off in another world. It's not very nice for him.

"I think something like that must have happened that Thursday to make him do that."

Jodie Mittell, defending, said Mr Worthington did not stab his wife, adding that she "staggered" into the knife.

Mittell said to Mrs Worthington: "He didn't stab you. You, in your drunken state, staggered onto [the knife]' and she replied: 'It could have happened like that."

The trial continues.

- Daily Mail

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