Another Mistress Tells Of Knife Fantasies Of Accused
A man accused of ordering his mistress to stab his wife to death had sexual fantasies about knives and having his blood tasted, a court heard yesterday.
At Swansea Crown Court, former Vodafone call centre worker Stephen Marsh, 37, denies any involvement in the brutal murder of his 36-year-old wife Jaspal last July at their home in Gorseinon, Swansea.
Unsuspecting Mrs Marsh, a saleswoman with Admiral Insurance, had been having a quiet night at home when her husband’s mistress, married mother-of-one Rebecca Harris, 30, burst into her bedroom and stabbed her 16 times with a chopping knife.
Harris, of Morriston, Swansea, a call centre colleague of Marsh, drove off in her silver Mazda 6 car and initially denied the murder. But after questioning she admitted it and claims the killing was orchestrated by Stephen Marsh “by text” from a pub in Swansea because he wanted his wife out of the way.
Yesterday, the court heard from a previous mistress of Marsh, Natalie Yemm of Brynmill, Swansea. Huw Davies QC, prosecuting, asker her, “Did he ever make reference to using a knife in a sexual context?”
She said, “Yes, he loved the thought of being cut and the person who was to cut Stephen would lick the blood afterwards. We were sitting in a pub drinking and were talking about our sexual fantasies.”
Mr Davies said, “He said that is what he loved, did he in fact ask you to do that?” She replied, “Yes. I said ‘Yes’ to him but the thought of it really put me off so I did not do it.”
Miss Yemm explained she met Marsh in 2002 when he was working at Swansea’s Quadrant Gate pub and she had called in for a drink on her way to the Grand Theatre. She said they embarked on an affair which became sexual for about eight months. Miss Yemm said after their affair “petered out” Marsh told her he had a new girlfriend.
Gerard Elias QC, for Marsh asked her , “Did he say that she wanted him to leave his wife?” She said, “Yes, in one of our conversations he did.”
Mr Elias said, “But he told her that he wouldn’t and couldn’t?” She said, “Yes.”
Yesterday afternoon the jury heard from another former mistress of Stephen Marsh. And Julie Kay Owens told the court Marsh also said to her he liked to be cut and have someone “lick” his blood. She said she had signed into an internet chat room using the name “Sexy Swanee”.
She began swapping messages with Marsh and had sex with him within hours of meeting him in the West End pub in Gorseinon. Miss Owens said Marsh did not tell her he was married until afterwards.
She also said Marsh told her he fantasised about being cut or injured by a lover who would then lick the blood off his body.
Miss Owens said on the night of the killing she received a text message from Marsh asking if he could sleep at her house in Gorseinon. She refused because she had formed a relationship with another man. When she heard of the death of Mrs Marsh she handed her mobile telephone to detectives and showed them the text message from Marsh.
Harris previously told Swansea Crown Court that Marsh, drinking with a friend to get an alibi on the night of the murder, bombarded her with texts like “Do it, just do it” and that he had texted his wife asking her to leave the front door open so she would get in easily.
She also confessed the murder weapon, taken from a kitchen block in the Marshes’ home, had been used previously by her and Stephen Marsh in kinky sex games at Marsh’s home in Howard’s Way, in Gorseinon, when Mrs Marsh was out.
Stephen and Jaspal Marsh married in 1993 after meeting as civil servants in London. Mrs Marsh, part of an Indian Sikh family from Kent, moved to Swansea later with Marsh, who is from the city.
The case continues.