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Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 19:22 GMT
'Biggest mistake' of murder accused
Alanis Morissette
The argument started over an Alanis Morissette song
A council officer broke down in front of a murder trial jury as he admitted putting his hands around his lover's throat was the "biggest mistake of my life".

Kevin Gibbens said he never meant to hurt the woman as he struggled to throw her out of his house following a violent row which started with a disagreement over a song.

London's Blackfriars Crown Court heard all he could think about at the time was to "put a locked door between us" after Kim Grant attacked him with a doorstop and a wooden ornament.

But the court was told in the struggle Miss Grant injured her carotid artery, which caused a blood clot that led to a fatal stroke.

I didn't intend to kill her

Kevin Gibbens

Mr Gibbens said: "In that moment I made the biggest mistake of my life. I will never forgive myself. I didn't intend to kill her. Absolutely not. I couldn't hurt Kim."

The 41-year-old, of Albert Road, Horley, Surrey, denies murdering the 40-year-old mother of one on 2 July 2002.

But the crown claims he went "mad" during a disagreement over the lyrics to the Alanis Morissette song, Ironic, and deliberately killed the woman he had been going out with for three years.

Mr Gibbens told the court how they had met up after a couple of weeks apart against a background of tension over his long working hours.


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