‘Jealous’ man ‘tells wife to swallow wedding ring before stamping her to death’

A “jealous” man told his wife to swallow her wedding her ring before beating her to death, a court heard.

Shaun Dyson, 28, allegedly murdered Lucy-Anne Rushton, 30, on June 23 by repeatedly jumping and stamping on her at their home in Andover, Hampshire.

The pair had been married since 2010 but Ms Rushton became the victim of “a history of domestic violence”, a jury was told.

The night of her death, Dyson allegedly became “enraged” by a phone call she had with an ex-boyfriend.

He allegedly said: “Swallow the ring because we are not together anymore.”

Ms Rushton put the ring in her mouth but didn’t swallow it, prosecutor Simon Jones told Winchester Crown Court.

Ms Rushton told members of her family that she feared Dyson would murder her in the months before she died, Mr Jones claims.

The prosecutor added: "She was convinced that he was going to do something to her and if he couldn't have her, no-one could."

Mr Jones said that, in February, Ms Rushton also raised concerns about her husband and that he "had a bag ready with a change of clothes and weapons".

He said Ms Rushton's mother had also witnessed attacks by Dyson, including over Facetime.

Mr Jones continued: "The fact that Lucy had concerns for her life shortly before she was killed is a significant indication of the state of the relationship and the concern Lucy had of the defendant, who could turn to violence on the most extreme scale with the most extreme consequences."

He added: "It's not disputed the defendant killed Lucy. We say what happened that night was not a momentary loss of control but the culmination of previous episodes of violence that had preceded that night."

The jury was shown CCTV footage of the defendant striking and spitting at Ms Rushton in a hotel corridor in Bournemouth in September 2018.

Mr Jones added: “The defendant's and Lucy's relationship is probably best described as toxic.

"Lucy was killed by the defendant; she was the victim of a prolonged and very severe beating, culminating in repeated stamping or jumping or both on her chest and while she was laid on her back."

Dyson, of Andover, Hampshire, denies murder and the trial continues.

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