Annie Merrilees cleared of murder after killing violent boyfriend Dean Williamson
- Credit: central news
A former Harrods shop assistant who stabbed and killed her violent boyfriend has been cleared of murder and manslaughter.
Annie Merrilees, 25, thanked the jury after she was acquitted yesterday following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Merrilees stabbed nightclub bouncer Dean Williamson in the heart on December 17 last year after grabbing a knife as he threatened her.
Her relatives wept tears of joy as she was cleared of murder after less than three hours of deliberations.
“I never intended to kill him,” she sobbed.
You may also want to watch:
“I was upset about what he did to me but I loved him. He loved me too.”
Dressed in black, she mouthed “thank you” at jurors before being released from the dock.
- 1 Residents complain their Ilford street now 'full of crime'
- 2 Sadiq Khan comes to Redbridge ahead of London elections
- 3 Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visits Redbridge on campaign trail
- 4 Loxford and Seven Kings by-election candidates make case for your vote
- 5 Ricardo Fuller death: Man charged with murder
- 6 Consultation launches on plans to move preschool and open excluded pupils facility at youth centre
- 7 Fire damages Ilford flats
- 8 Counsellor offers group therapy for fellow parents grieving loss of child
- 9 Community group founder calls for mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting
- 10 Two men arrested after kidnapping in broad daylight in South Woodford
Judge Christopher Moss QC told her: “You are free to go.”
Merrilees initially claimed her partner turned the knife on himself after police found him dying at the flat the couple shared in Glandford Way, Chadwell Heath.
But a three-year-old girl at the scene told police: “She did it - but it was an accident.”
Merrilees later admitted knifing Mr Williamson, but insisted she was defending herself.
Prosecutor Peter Finnegan said the 31-year-old was a heavy drinker and cocaine user.
But he said Merrilees was also a drug-taker who was “in the habit of getting involved in abusive slanging matches” with the dead man.
On the day he died, the couple had been drinking before returning to the flat with friend Katie O’Brien.
Ms O’Brien said they argued violently and Mr Williamson had his hands around Merrilees’s throat.
She did not see the stabbing but said Mr Williamson staggered into the living room and fell holding his chest.
Merrilees told the court she was repeatedly assaulted by Mr Williamson during their three year relationship, including on the day he died.