Murder defendant cries in court as she describes dead partner as her ‘soulmate’

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Mansfield murder defendant Michelle Swift appeared to break down in court today as she described Emiel Blankert as her ‘soulmate’.

The 49-year-old is accused of assaulting Mr Blankert (48) in their Ladybrook Flat in December with such force that he died days later from a perforated bowel.

Taking to the witness box this morning, Friday 27th June, she answered questions for more than three hours, first by defence barrister Michael Auty QC and then briefly by prosecution barrister Timothy Spencer QC before the lunch break.

She said she had met Mr Blankert during a holiday in Goa in India more than 17 years-ago describing them both as being ‘head over heels’.

She said: “We had something special that you do not get very often, yeah we had fights but we were not arguing every day. He was my soulmate.”

Asked about whether she inflicted the injuries Mr Blankert received on 9th December, which led to his death several days later, she responded by saying: “No, absolutely not.

“I can’t imagine any woman doing that to a man in any domestic fight. It’s something women do not do.”

The trial continues.