CCTV shows man leaping from window after murdering girlfriend
A British man who has stabbed his girlfriend to death convicted of murder.
Michael Marler (37) admitted to stabbing Danielle Richardson (24) in her face, neck and back in a Manchester city centre apartment while on a “drugs spree” – but denied that he intended to kill her, The Telegraph reported.
On Thursday, a jury found him guilty of murder, a spokesman for Manchester Crown Court said.
Marler, of Brideoak Street, Oldham, had been out to the cinema and shopping with Miss Richardson on the evening of 12 February before returning to the apartment in Ancoats, where they were staying while her house was being renovated.
The pair had both smoked cannabis and used a crack pipe to take cocaine before her death, the court heard.
The following morning, at about 7.30am, CCTV footage showed Marler landing on a car parked outside the flat after jumping from a second-storey window. Metro UK posted the video.
He tried to steal the car before hitting and kicking a number of vehicles, punching and biting a passer-by and attempting to get into another car, the court heard.
When police were called they noticed blood on the window of the flat and went inside, where they discovered Miss Richardson face down on the floor of the kitchen and living room area.
Marler admitted to manslaughter in his testimony, but said he had no recollection of stabbing his girlfriend, jumping out of the window or attacking motorists and pedestrians, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
In a police interview, he said, “I loved the girl. I actually loved her to bits. I like to think I’m a nice person. I don’t even kill a spider.”
Marler is expected to be sentenced on Friday.