THE man accused of killing his love rival has denied that discovering the victim was having an affair with his wife had made him angry.
Marc Lindsey made the claim during cross examination on the witness stand in his trial at Winchester Crown Court for stabbing Eddie Vials to death on Christmas Eve last year.
The Crown’s case is that Lindsey stabbed Mr Vials once in the heart in a doorstep confrontation at the Lindsey’s home in Hill Park Road, Gosport.
They say Lindsey had taken a steak knife from the kitchen earlier and put it in his jeans pocket, ready for Mr Vials’ arrival.
Mr Vials, 47, had come round to the house late on December 24 after the affair had been revealed when the Lindseys had been rowing earlier in the evening.
Lindsey’s wife Laura was told by Mr Vials, of Tintern Road in Gosport, that he was coming round during a phonecall between the adulterous couple.
Previously, when giving evidence, Lindsey claimed that he grabbed the knife that had been left on a table inside the front door so he could use it to ward Mr Vials off because he was ‘terrified’ of him.
But Robert Davies, prosecuting for the crown, said: ‘You weren’t scared, or petrified were you? You were angry, emotional, unhappy and in a violent mind.’
Lindsey, 35, answered: ‘No.’
Mr Davies asked: ‘You could have put two locked doors between you and him if you were frightened, couldn’t you?’
Lindsey replied: ‘In hindsight, yes.’
The father-of-two had also told the court that he had received anger management earlier in the marriage.
Mr Davies said: ‘You didn’t trust yourself to stay in the house because you might become violent to Laura over the affair, you then discover is on his way round, you call Laura’s mum to ask her to come pick Laura up. Why do that?’
Lindsey replied: ‘Why should I leave and leave our girls when I know I wasn’t in the wrong? No Laura, no Eddie.’
When asked again how he could be so sure he wasn’t going to be violent towards the man who had ‘cuckolded’ him, he replied: ‘I surprised myself by how calm I was.’
Crown asks jury to reject defendant’s story
IN HIS closing speech to the jury, prosecutor Robert Davies told them that Marc Lindsey’s version of events did not stack up.
He asked them to reject Lindsey’s claims about the knife being left on the table after being used to wrap Christmas presents upstairs earlier in the day.
He told them that the murder weapon had been taken from the kitchen when Lindsey heard Eddie Vials was on his way over with the explicit intention of using it against him.
Mr Davies said: ‘That’s the choice – that it was an accident, or in this frame of mind, opening the door with the knife, there was a confrontation and he took it personally, absolutely obsessed that Laura had been having sex with that man and hating it and wanting to do harm to that man.
He added: ‘He didn’t trust himself to not be violent towards Laura, and then the man he blames turn up – the idea that he wasn’t angry or vengeful doesn’t work.’