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Langham man on trial for attempted murder accused of lying to jury over recollection of events leading to stabbing of Oakham woman

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A man today (Monday, January 10) insisted he 'can't remember' stabbing a woman 10 times after a barrister suggested he was lying to the jury during an attempted murder trial.

Following an incident in Bullfinch Close, Oakham on January 21 last year, Robert Truscott of Lowther Close, Langham was charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife.

A trial began on Tuesday (January 4) at Leicester Crown Court after Truscott pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent. He has admitted having an offensive weapon and unlawful wounding.

Leicester Crown Court. Photo: Google
Leicester Crown Court. Photo: Google

The jury heard that Truscott, 48, went to the home of Emma Wolfenden and stabbed her 10 times.

It was also alleged that he caused injury to a 26-year-old man, who Miss Wolfenden had met for the first time that night after connecting on the dating website Tinder.

The trial continued at Leicester Crown Court today , with prosecuting lawyer, Andrew Peet, putting questions to Truscott about his relationship with Miss Wolfenden and the events on the day of the attack.

Emma Wolfenden
Emma Wolfenden

In October 2020, Miss Wolfenden wrote a letter to the defendant, who she had known for four years, in an attempt to end their friendship, which Mr Peet said was based on alcohol provision, after coming out of rehabilitation.

However, Truscott said he 'didn't think anything of it', and the pair remained in touch.

After being told by Miss Wolfenden that she had met someone on Tinder on January 21, Truscott attempted to make contact several times by ringing and texting her.

On one occasion he told her to listen to the song True Colours by Cyndi Lauper, which Mr Peet described as a love song, reading the lyrics out in court.

However, Truscott denied it having meaning behind it saying 'it was just a song' and he 'didn't take much notice of it'.

He called her 21 times in the hours leading up to the incident and made a further five attempts in a space of two minutes shortly before. The pair also had a 12 minute phone call which was answered by Miss Wolfenden, however, Truscott cannot remember what was said.

The defendant, who admitted he was 'tipsy' on the night of the incident, said: "If I had alcohol I may think, 'have I made that phone call or not'?"

In a defence statement signed by Truscott, the jury was also told that Miss Wolfenden had previously never told him she wanted to date other men. However, on January 19 while at her house Truscott asked Miss Wolfenden what she was doing on her phone, to which she told him she was on a dating app.

Later on in the evening Miss Wolfenden's Tinder date answered the phone after being told by the victim that Truscott was her 'stalker'. The man told Truscott 'she's not interested' but Truscott didn't respond.

Truscott then cycled from his home in Langham to Bullfinch Close in Oakham carrying the knife, which he described to be about six inches long, with him in his coat pocket.

He was questioned by Mr Peet on what his intentions were by going to her house, to which he said he didn't know, and asked why he didn't knock before entering when he knew the woman had a man round.

However his defence statement document read: "When the phone call ended I thought about whether I should go to Emma's house or not.

"I wanted to sort it out with Emma so I got on my push bike and went to her house to see what was really going on."

He also told the court he took the knife with him out of 'stupidity just to scare them'.

The court previously heard that on the night of the incident, Truscott held a knife to the Tinder date's neck and when he tried to grab the knife, the man's hand was injured. A fight then took place between the pair, where Truscott was hit over the head with a bottle of rum, while Miss Wolfenden called 999.

On the phone Miss Wolfenden can be heard telling the call handler, 'he's just angry like he's stressed out and I think he's acting irrational', before asking Truscott to leave her property while telling the Tinder date to stay.

However, the Tinder date left, leaving Truscott and Miss Wolfenden alone in the house.

He then stabbed Miss Wolfenden 10 times with a kitchen knife of about 10 inches, which was different to the one he brought to the property and is believed to have belonged to Miss Wolfenden.

She was left with life threatening injuries including one wound close to the heart and another to the neck, severing the jugular vein.

Minutes after the attack Truscott called 999, admitting he 'done it'.

Asked about why he called the emergency services, he told the court it was to get Miss Wolfenden medical attention.

Truscott denies having any memory of the incident from moments before the stabbing, when Miss Wolfenden was allegedly trying to calm him down, to when he called 999 after the attack.

He added that he didn't know if it was the blow to his head which was affecting his recollection of the night and his behaviour.

Prosecutor Mr Peet did not accept that Truscott didn't remember and did not know the answer to many of the questions which were being put to him.

"You remember everything that went on. You are choosing not to tell the jury everything your remember," he said.

Despite saying he couldn't remember, Truscott accepted that in the moment he likely had intended to cause harm to the Tinder date, however denied the charges related to Miss Wolfenden - attempted murder and wounding with intent.

Mr Peet said: "Whenever it was that you inflicted at least the stab wound to her neck and at least the stab wound near her heart, what was in your mind was that you were going to end her life.

"Whatever you decided later, coming to your senses and going to phone the police, at that time you inflicted this anger of 'if can't have her no one can'."

Truscott replied: "No."

Miss Wolfenden was left in hospital for three months as a result of her injuries. She died in June due to unrelated circumstances, aged 37.

The trial continues.

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