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Yoga teacher accused of murdering her guest says she stabbed him because he was trying to kill her

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A yoga teacher on trial for murdering her guest told jury she stabbed him and kicked him down the stairs to stop him from killing her.

Dawn Lewis, 53, who stabbed 61-year-old Glenn Richards to death at her Glastonbury home on April 18, told jury at Bristol Crown Court that he had been trying to kill her.

Richards had moved in as Lewis’s tenant in August 2021, but they often argued and he complained about their noise.

Lewis told the jury that Mr. Richards had become increasingly obsessed with her, alarming her, which is why she had started carrying a knife.

“I was terrified that he was going to jump up and stab me.”

Artist's sketch of Dawn Lewis, 53, who is seen in body camera footage strapped to the floor after stabbing ex-police officer Glenn Richards, 61.  Lewis and Mr Richards had been living together in Glastonbury since August 2021 and Lewis denies the murder, claiming that she stabbed him in self-defense

Artist’s sketch of Dawn Lewis, 53, who is seen in body camera footage strapped to the floor after stabbing ex-police officer Glenn Richards, 61. Lewis and Mr Richards had been living together in Glastonbury since August 2021 and Lewis denies the murder, claiming that she stabbed him in self-defense

Dawn Lewis, 53, seen on body cam footage being restrained to the flat by police at the home after the incident in April.

Dawn Lewis, 53, seen on body cam footage being restrained to the flat by police at the home after the incident in April.

Dawn Lewis, 53, seen on body cam footage being restrained to the flat by police at the home after the incident in April.

The couple had a confrontation on the day of the stabbing and Lewis claims that Mr Richards “lunged” at her with a knife when he said he would call the police.

She said: ‘He lunged at me and I saw he had a knife. I grabbed her arm. So I bit into it, she dropped the knife.

“He was going to kill me,” Lewis said.

I took the knife. I think at the time I thought I had stabbed him in the stomach, but he was still holding on to me.

‘I know I stabbed him, it was me, no one else, I have to admit that.’

Lewis told jurors that Richards had tried to stab her again before she kicked him with her foot and he fell down the stairs.

She told the court that she wanted him to break his leg or be knocked unconscious.

He was sitting at the bottom of the stairs looking up with a knife still in his hand. He was conscious and had the knife in his hand. Then he doubled over and the knife fell. He yelled “help me”.

“He grabbed my ankle and I fell to my knees. He went for the knife but she didn’t get it. So I grabbed him and stabbed him,” Lewis continued.

The footage showed Lewis, 53, saying: 'Check my friend.  I'm hurt but I'm not fucking dead.'  The jury at Bristol Crown Court argued

The footage showed Lewis, 53, saying: 'Check my friend.  I'm hurt but I'm not fucking dead.'  The jury at Bristol Crown Court argued

The footage showed Lewis, 53, saying: ‘Check my friend. I’m hurt but I’m not fucking dead.’ The jury at Bristol Crown Court argued

Lewis’s phone call to 999 was shown to the jury. When the call manager asked her to say exactly what happened, she replied, ‘Right, I don’t really know what happened. He is a tenant, I wanted to get him out. He said no.

‘I went to the door, he stabbed me in the leg, I took the knife from him, I stabbed him.

He fell down the stairs. I stabbed him again, while he tried to take the knife from me. and I called you.’

Mr Richards, the court heard earlier, had suffered five large stab wounds, two of which were fatal.

Lewis had three shallow cuts on his thigh.

A doctor said the defendant’s injuries “did not appear to fit the description of the attack” and appeared “self-inflicted”.

Prosecutor Eloise Marshall told jurors they must decide whether he acted in self-defense based on his emergency call, or whether his account was a lie to cover up a planned attack and he set the scene to pretend he had been acting in self-defense. ?’

Video capture of shocking body cam footage showing the moment a woman suspected of murder was arrested for stabbing her 'friend' and tenant

Video capture of shocking body cam footage showing the moment a woman suspected of murder was arrested for stabbing her 'friend' and tenant

Video capture of shocking body cam footage showing the moment a woman suspected of murder was arrested for stabbing her ‘friend’ and tenant

Richards moved to Glastonbury, Somerset after his release from prison in 2011, moving in with Lewis in August 2021.

The former Metropolitan Police sergeant pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife, Karen Richards, and was found guilty of manslaughter in 2002 due to diminished responsibility.

Lewis denies the murder and claims that he acted in self-defense during the incident.

The trial continues.