Yorkshire news Infatuated lover strangled single mum to death after he 'couldn't get it up' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - David Bestwick said he felt like he had "failed to fulfil his duties" before grabbing Maria Howarth's neck

Yorkshire news Infatuated lover strangled single mum to death after he 'couldn't get it up' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - David Bestwick said he felt like he had "failed to fulfil his duties" before grabbing Maria Howarth's neck

Yorkshire news  Infatuated lover strangled single mum to death after he 'couldn't get it up' PremierLeague-News.Com
22 February 2021 - 19:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A man infatuated with a single mum strangled her to death as “red mist” descended while her young daughter slept upstairs, a court heard. Sheffield Crown Court was told David Bestwick had loved 44-year-old Maria Howarth for three years before he strangled her on the settee of her home. Mr Bestwick, 60, sunk 11 pints of Strongbow at his and Ms Howarth’s local pub, the White Swan, in Greenhill on Saturday, September 6. To get the latest email updates from South Yorkshire Live click here. Jurors were told the pair went back to her house where they unsuccessfully tried to have sex leaving Ms Howarth “disappointed” that Mr Bestwick, in his own words, “had failed to fulfil his duty”. After his arrest Mr Bestwick told police they had tried to have sex previously in a friend with benefits situation but had been unsuccessful because he "couldn't get it up". Prosecutor Richard Thyne opened the case and told jurors Mr Bestwick called South Yorkshire Police just before 4am on the Sunday to say: “I’ve just strangled my girlfriend...I loved her. She didn’t want me.” Police were sent to Ms Howarth’s home in School Lane in Greenhill to find her unconscious on the sofa and wearing a dressing gown. Officers tried to resuscitate her but she had suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury having been starved of oxygen and was pronounced dead at the Northern General Hospital two days later. Mr Thyne said that it was “common knowledge” among drinkers at the White Swan that Mr Bestwick wanted a relationship with Ms Howarth. However, those feelings were not mutual. Mr Thyne said: “One of the pub’s customers had heard Maria and the defendant talking at the bar about six months earlier; she had told the defendant ‘you’re a nice guy but I don’t want a relationship’. “About two or three weeks prior to September 5 she told another customer that the defendant had told her he loved her, but she didn’t feel the same way.” Enter your postcode to see crimes reported in your area The pair had been drinking at the pub during the night in question and Mr Bestwick was said to have told someone at the pub that he felt Ms Howarth was “using” him.

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. Mr Thyne said: “That was the last time anyone else would see her alive.” Mr Bestwick was arrested and taken in for questioning. He had been placed in a “dry cell” to protect any forensic evidence but one of the police officers said he spotted the defendant putting his hands into the toilet to wash them. Mr Bestwick later told police had done so because he liked to clean his hands after using the toilet. He went on to explain that in the moments leading up to her death, both he and Ms Howarth had tried to have sex but she seemed “disappointed” when it was unsuccessful. Mr Bestwick told police: “She said Dave I’m tired, I want to go to bed. “We were just having a last kiss and a cuddle and I was just stroking her neck and next thing I just found my hands round her neck. “We were stood at end of settee; we both fell on settee and…I didn’t mean for that to happen. “It was like, I don’t know, red mist, I couldn’t, I don’t know if she’d, what she said to me upset me, or what and I just couldn’t stop myself.” Mr Bestwick went on to describe the set up between himself and Ms Howarth and explained that they had become intimate in a friends with benefits sense. When asked about the circumstances about the strangling he said he felt Ms Howarth was “disappointed”, using the words “as if I’d not done my duty”. Mr Thyne added: “He was asked how he went from stroking her hair to putting his hands around her neck, and he said that he didn’t know; he didn’t want to do it but for some reason he just couldn’t stop.” Mr Bestwick went on to tell police he did not feel like he was strangling her or hurting her. He later added that he did not think love was the reason for what happened. Mr Bestwick, of Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, denies murder. The trial continues. Read More Related Articles Doncaster nightmare neighbour punched man twice as parking feud boiled over Read More Related Articles Thug punched Huddersfield Verve doorman after being barred and ruined his life

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