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Wife denies 'poisoning' husband

Kate Knight

A wife accused of trying to murder her husband by poisoning him with anti-freeze has repeatedly denied the allegations against her.

Kate Knight, 28, of Stoke-on-Trent, also denied forging her husband's signature on loan and mortgage application forms.

She told a jury at Stafford Crown Court her marriage to Lee Knight, 37, had been happy, with no major problems.

Mrs Knight denies trying to murder him by putting anti-freeze into red wine.

The court has heard Mr Knight was left blind and deaf after Mrs Knight, formerly of Waterdale Grove, Meir Hay, allegedly poisoned him in the spring of 2005 in order to collect a large pay-out from his employer and clear debts.

Wedding anniversary

Questioned by defence QC Michael Gledhill she denied plotting to lace her husband's food and drink with Ecstasy tablets and to give him an overdose of iron.

She said she had not put anti-freeze into his red wine and takeaway curry brought to celebrate their wedding anniversary on 4 April.

Five days later, Mr Knight was admitted to hospital but she said she had not given him anything to make him seriously ill.

When asked about a bottle of Tesco anti-freeze found in the kitchen she said her husband had asked her to buy it because he wanted to service their cars before a trip to Wales.

"He asked me to pick up several things," she said.

Earlier, the court had heard about various Google searches carried out on the couple's computer.

She told Mr Gledhill she looked up liver damage and Ecstasy as she was concerned about her husband as he drank up to four litres of Special Brew a day and a test showed he had organ damage.

"It looked like he had got jaundice at the time," she said.

The trial has been adjourned until Tuesday.

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