Mum’s killing was ‘moment of madness’ ex-partner tells court

Jane Bartholomew

Jane Bartholomew - Credit: Archant

A man accused of murdering his ex-partner told police he killed her in a “moment of madness”, a court has heard.

Following his arrest after the discovery of the body of 39-year-old Jane Bartholomew, Scott Ellis told officers that she had hurt him by ending their relationship and he had wanted to hurt her.

In an interview read to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Ellis said he couldn’t live without Miss Bartholomew, who was the mother of his three children, and couldn’t stand the thought of her being with anyone else.

Asked by an officer if he had killed her in a “moment of madness”, Ellis replied “Yes”.

Ellis, 42, of Tunstall Green, Tunstall, near Woodbridge, has denied murdering Miss Bartholomew on June 13 this year.

It has been alleged that Ellis let himself into Miss Bartholomew’s home in Lark Rise, Martlesham, with a spare key while she was taking their two youngest children to school and lay in wait for her behind a door.

When Miss Bartholomew came home at around 9.30am he allegedly grabbed her from behind and hit her over the head with a claw hammer more than 20 times. He then tied her arms and legs with nylon rope and covered her head with a plastic bag and her feet with a bin liner, it was heard.

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Peter Gair, prosecuting, has alleged that Ellis had spoken to friends about killing Miss Bartholomew after she ended their relationship in May.

He told the court that in the days leading up to June 13, Ellis purchased a number of items including a claw hammer, a spade, duct tape, a Stanley knife, scissors and rope and had taken the “killing kit” to Miss Bartholomew’s house intending to kill her.

He said that after the alleged killing Ellis had locked the house behind him and had gone home where he cut his wrists and took an overdose.

He was arrested later the same day following the discovery of Miss Bartholomew’s body while he was receiving treatment at Ipswich Hospital.

A post mortem examination showed that in addition to 22 head injuries, Miss Bartholomew had been strangled and had broken bones in her hands and arms consistent with her trying to defend herself.

During interviews with police Ellis denied he had tied up Miss Bartholomew’s arms and legs and put bags over her head and feet because he was planning to dump her body.

He told officers he had planned to lie down next to her and kill himself but had been upset when he saw what he had done and had left the house because he needed some fresh air.

Asked if he had intended to kill her Ellis said: “I don’t know if I was going to kill her. I guess I wanted to hurt her as she hurt me a little bit.”

Ellis chose not to give evidence during the trial.

The jury is expected to retire to considers its verdict next week.