A wealthy businessman “totally lost it” during a drink and drug-fuelled “rough sex” session with his young lover, leaving her to die at the bottom of the stairs, a court has heard.
John Broadhurst, 40, is alleged to have murdered Natalie Connolly at their home in Kenrose Hill, Kinver, Stourbridge, West Midlands, in the early hours of December 18, 2016.
Prosecutors say he may have attacked the 26-year-old after discovering she had been messaging other men behind his back.
Mother-of-one Ms Connolly, 26, was found in a pool of blood, naked except for a skirt rolled up to her waist, at the base of the staircase in their luxury home in Kinver, Staffs, in December 2016.
She had more than 40 injuries across her body, jurors were told.
On the day of the alleged murder, the couple went to Hawthorns football ground to watch West Bromwich Albion entertain Manchester United.
Among her injuries was a blow-out fracture to her left eye, said by the prosecution to be consistent with “punch or toe-poke kicks”, as well as facial bruising.
A post mortem found she had died from acute alcohol intoxication and blunt force injuries.
Traces of amphetamine and poppers were found in Natalie’s system as well as the cocaine and alcohol.
They had returned home from the Hawthorns in Broadhurt’s chauffeur-driven Range Rover the previous evening.
Birmingham Crown Court heard the couple had been drinking heavily before and during the Premier League match.
David Mason QC told jurors they carried on boozing and also used cocaine after getting home.
Broadhurst told police that during the S&M session he momentarily went into a bedroom alone.
He claimed he then found her injured at the bottom of the stairs when he returned, jurors were told.
He also told police he was unable to carry her to the bedroom because he has a “metal leg”, the court heard.
Instead he left her at the bottom of the stairs naked apart from a black skirt hitched up over her waist, it is claimed.
The property developer told police he discovered his girlfriend dead when he woke the following morning at 9am.
Broadhurst, of Blakeshall, Worcs, denies murder and GBH with intent.
The trial continues.
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