Manchester Evening News
January 15, 2015
A man on trial accused of murdering the mother of his child while high on cocaine allegedly told police their taser was not strong enough after being shot with a stun gun.
Victoria Adams, 22, is said to have twice fled her home at Springwood Hall Road, Oldham, in fear of Andre Bright in the build-up to her death on the morning of December 8, 2013.
Manchester Crown Court heard he admits stabbing her at her home, but says he ‘acted unconsciously’ and did not intend to harm her.
Prosecutor Mark Kellet alleges that Bright, 30, who had been an on-off relationship with Miss Adams since she was 16 and he was 23, was drunk and high on cocaine at the time of the killing, but ‘knew what he was doing’ and intended to kill or cause serious harm.
There was sobbing in the public gallery as the court heard that on the morning of December 8, Bright rang emergency services and said: “Can I have an ambulance please – someone is dying in front of me’.
Miss Adams was found bleeding heavily from the chest from two stab wounds. A paramedic tried to question her, ‘but she kept asking where her baby was’, the court heard.
Mr Bright – the father of Miss Adams’ daughter Aminah – was staring ‘vacantly’ when police arrived and was tasered when he refused to take his hands from his pockets.
It’s alleged he said: “I enjoyed that – you need more volts in your taser”, before smiling at a female police officer in an alleged attempt to ‘intimidate’.
The court heard Miss Adams met Mr Bright in 2007. It’s alleged he was in a relationship with another woman at the time.
In early 2013 she told him she was pregnant and Bright cut off contact with her, but after the baby was born in August she made contact with his mother and sister and their relationship began again.
It is alleged that on December 6 Miss Adams fled her home saying he had assaulted her and spat in her face and she feared he was ‘going to kill her’.
She later returned to the property and took £1,500 he had left there ‘for her daughter’.
The next day, Bright is alleged to have ‘stabbed’ a doorman in the face with an afro comb after being refused entry to a bar.
He is then said to have gone to Miss Adams’ home, before ‘frightening’ her into leaving with the baby. Hours later she was stabbed.
Bright, of Falmouth Street, Oldham, denies murder and assault causing actual bodily harm.