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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Axe killer claims victim a 'child killer'
Jan Charlton
Jan Charlton has admitted killing her partner
A woman who hacked her partner to death told detectives he had boasted of killing children, a jury has been told.

Jan Charlton, 36, told police that Danny O'Brien had also threatened to chop her head off and kill her three-year-old daughter Amy.

She told detectives that before one sex session he pointed to an axe and told her: "Look at that, you're not going anywhere."

Charlton admits killing Mr O'Brien in the bedroom of their luxury home in Midgley, West Yorkshire, on 23 May, 2001, but denies murder, claiming self defence and provocation.

'Dangerous man'

She told the police how her partner threatened her daughter, Amy, and that he allegedly said he had "killed kids before".

Charlton told detectives: "He's a dangerous, dangerous man and I knew 100% that he would if he got her(Amy)."

The former escort girl said she grabbed the axe and hit Mr O'Brien on the head with it as he knelt down on the bedroom floor.

Describing her feelings after killing Mr O'Brien with an axe, Charlton told police: "I didn't know I'd killed him. I was just in a daze, a total and utter daze."

The trial at Leeds Crown Court continues.

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