A MAN accused of murdering his former partner in Carlisle has told a jury “another person” was responsible for her death.
Miklos Verebes, 29, is on trial at the city’s crown court. It is alleged he murdered mother-of-two Melinda Korosi. Verebes has pleaded not guilty to that allegation, and denies three charges which allege that he raped her between 2012 and 2016.
Miss Korosi was found fatally injured by police who forced their way into her Orton Road home on the morning of September 15. She was pronounced dead by a paramedic a short time later.
The court has heard Verebes was found on a landing next to Miss Korosi, who was lying on the floor. Her multiple severe injuries included a “gaping” wound to her neck and he was covered in her blood. He said to officers: “It’s too late. She’s dead.”
Neighbours have already told the court they saw Verebes breaking a window to enter the house, and then reported hearing a female scream.
Today (FRI) Verebes began giving evidence. His barrister, Guy Gozem QC, asked Verebes – a Hungarian national – whether he understood all of the charges he faces. Verebes replied that he did.
“Did you murder Melinda Korosi?” Mr Gozem asked.
“No,” replied Verebes.
“Did you kill Melinda Korosi?” Verebes was asked. “No,” he responded.
Mr Gozem then asked: “Who did?”
Verebes replied: “Another person.”
Asked whether he had ever raped Miss Korosi, Verebes told jurors: “No, I never.”
The trial continues.