On September 11 last year, Wayne Coventry dialled 999 to report that his partner Cordelia Farrell had bitten him on the testicles.

After that incident, Farrell told police about his “toxic” relationship with Coventry, saying: ”It’s getting worse and worse and one of us is going to end up dead.”

Her words proved prophetic. Just over a month later, Farrell stabbed Coventry to death.

This Wednesday. October 21, Farrell, 38, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by a unanimous verdict following a two-week trial at Worcester Crown Court.

Jurors heard Farrell had been in a two-and-a-half year relationship with dad-of-three Coventry which was described as "toxic" and "characterised by violence and jealousy".

Dayfdd Enoch QC, prosecuting, said: "In front of three witnesses this defendant removed from a kitchen knife block a large kitchen knife and she turned to Wayne Coventry who turned to face her.

"She raised the knife up high and brought it down in a classic stabbing motion and plunged it deep into the middle of his chest.

"It went in to a depth of 9cm. It went straight into his aorta. He didn't stand a chance.

"He collapsed and died within a minute or two."

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Mr Enoch said one of the witnesses, Tony Marks, said: "She smiled as she pulled the knife out and grinned as if she was pleased in what she had just done".

Mr Enoch said: "She took her revenge or retaliation, as she herself described it, and deliberately and maliciously stabbed him.

"It's no coincidence that the defendant was to say to the police a month before the killing, when she was arrested for assault, that one of them would end up dead.

"How right she was in that prophecy."

The court heard Mr Coventry called 999 while he was in the process of being attacked by Farrell on September 11 last year.

Mr Enoch told jurors: "During the course of that assault Miss Farrell grabbed Mr Coventry by the testicles in both her hands and later dragged him around the flat by his testicles.

"That of course caused him immense pain and swelling.

"In the course of that attack she later bit his private parts."

Police body-cam footage showed Mr Coventry bleeding from his face and back, and displaying the injury to his genitals to an officer.

The court heard Farrell told officers: "It's getting worse and worse and one of us is going to end up dead.”

Mr Enoch said she had previously been heard to say: "I'm going to kill him”.

He added: "If ever a murder was predictable it was this one.”

After the trial, Mr Coventry's family said his death had left them with "broken hearts”.

In a statement, they added: "Wayne was a loving son, a father who doted on his three children, a loving brother and a loyal friend and will always be with us in our hearts and daily lives.

"We pray that these type of heinous crimes drastically decrease and other families don't have to go through the pain and heart ache our family and friends have had to endure.”

Farrell was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on Thursday.

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