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Carlisle murder trial hears of alleged rapes and threats

[A] MUM-of-two alleged before her death she was “raped” several times by her ex-partner and claimed he had threatened to kill her, a court has heard.

Miklos Verebes, 29, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. Verebes has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 33-year-old Melinda Korosi, from whom he had separated. He also denies three charges which allege he raped her between 2012 and 2016.

Miss Korosi died at her Orton Road home in Carlisle on September 15 having suffered multiple severe injuries.

On day three of the trial today (WED), jurors heard evidence from Alison Stubbs, whose two adult daughters lived and stayed next door to Miss Korosi. Ms Stubbs got to know Miss Korosi, and described her as “very timid” but a “lovely girl”.

However, Ms Stubbs told jurors of allegations previously made to her by Ms Korosi. “About beatings that Mik (Verebes) had given Melinda; that he had held a knife to her throats and said he was going to kill her,” she said.

Ms Stubbs added: “She told me about him raping her, and on several occasions, and that he used it as a punishment if he didn’t like what she does or says; or if they were in an argument he would take full advantage of that.”

The court heard Miss Korosi made similar claims to an independent domestic violence advisor, and it was concluded she was at “very high risk”. She then made disclosures to police in an interview just six days before her death.

Verebes was arrested and interviewed by police on September 13, immediately after he was released from prison following a previous physical assault on Miss Korosi.

The court has heard Verebes denied ever raping her, and was then released by police.

The trial continues.

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