Letchworth defendant tells murder jury “I never intended to kill” my wife

A DOCTOR has told a murder trial jury of the moment he lost control when his wife told him she had slept with another man.

Retired GP Amad Jumaily, of Field Road, Letchworth GC, told Luton crown court yesterday (Tuesday) “I could not control my emotions - my hands - anything. I really thought I only hit her a few times I was really shocked when I saw the post mortem results. I never intended to kill her.”

The 60-year-old is alleged to have stabbed his wife June to death in the kitchen of their home last December.

Jumaily pleads not guilty to a charge of murdering his wife, claiming diminished responsibility.

The court has heard how in the weeks leading up to her death June Jumaily had left her husband and had begun a relationship with another man.


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On the day she died, she returned to the couple’s home to discuss the separation of their belongings.

It is alleged that in a jealous rage the defendant attacked Mrs Jumaily with a kitchen knife, stabbing her 20 times.

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The couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Ria, who was in the house, is said to have to persuaded her father to give her the knife before locking him in a downstairs room.

On December 23, June and Ria came to the family home - Ria to collect some clothes and June to discuss dividing the property.

Jumaily told the court: “Ria was upstairs and June and I sat opposite each other in the kitchen.

“She said Tom was not with her any more. I showed her the photos from the private detective. She stood up and I thought she was going to hit me. She said ‘yes I slept with him’.

“I could not control my emotions - my hands - anything. I really thought I only hit her a few times I was really shocked when I saw the post mortem results. I never intended to kill her.

“I could not control anything in my mind. I could hear my daughter telling me to stop but I continued.

“Then I threw away the knife and went in another room. I remember being arrested and I was told she had died. I was really hysterical.

“I had heard voices before telling me to harm myself but I cannot be sure 100 per cent if I heard voices at the time. I was all over the place.

“She was my life line - really my life line and I could not live without her.”

The case continues.

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