Page last updated at 19:11 GMT, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 20:11 UK

Knifed executive 'put up defence'

Sally Sinclair (from Hampshire police)
Mrs Sinclair suffered "catastrophic" blood loss, the court heard

A Vodafone executive whose husband is accused of murdering her in a knife attack "put up an extremely spirited defence", a pathologist told a court.

Sally Sinclair, 40, was found with more than 30 stab wounds at the family home in Amport, Hampshire, Winchester Crown Court has heard.

At the time she was was head of business analysis at mobile phone firm Vodafone's Berkshire headquarters.

Alisdair Sinclair, 48, formerly of Georgia Lane, Amport, denies murder.

Pathologist Basil Purdue told the jury the attack on Mrs Sinclair was prolonged.

He said a cut to her neck damaged the carotid artery and spinal cord and her death was caused by multiple stab wounds and "catastrophic" blood loss.

"The injuries were non-survivable but death would not have occurred immediately," added Mr Purdue.

'Massive scream'

He also said Mrs Sinclair sustained extensive knife injuries to her hands, explaining that they would normally be referred to "as defensive injuries, warding off the weapon".

Mr Purdue added: "Mrs Sinclair put up an extremely spirited defence against her assailant."

The executive also suffered six rib fractures and a black eye before she died, the expert told the court.

Earlier in the trial, the jury were played a recorded interview of a youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The child had said the couple had started arguing in the afternoon before "a massive scream" was heard and the couple were seen with knives drawn at each other.

The youngster went on to describe to the court seeing Mr Sinclair stab his wife several times.

Affair admitted

The witness also said Mrs Sinclair was in the kitchen "coated in blood".

The court was also told Mr Sinclair attacked his wife when she finally admitted to seeing someone else.

The defendant told police, when he was arrested, that the killing was carried out in self-defence after Mrs Sinclair launched a frenzied attack on him.

The prosecution alleges that because of the number of times Mrs Sinclair was stabbed, her husband's actions could not be described as "lawful self-defence".

The trial continues.

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