Homicide suspect took out life insurance over fears boyfriend would kill her

London woman says she was abused by her partner, who took on the persona of Britain’s most notorious prisoner

Homicide suspect took out life insurance over fears boyfriend would kill her

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By Louie Bacani

A London jeweller accused of killing her boyfriend has told a court that she took out life insurance over fears that she would be murdered by her abusive partner.
Elizabeth Hart-Browne, 27, allegedly stabbed to death her partner of six years, Stephen Rayner. She said she received domestic violence and death threats from her boyfriend, who was found dead in their flat in September 2016.
Hart-Browne denied murdering Rayner as she narrated her ordeal at the Old Bailey. The accused said she bought life insurance policy in 2015 as she got “increasingly scared” of her safety due to “quite routine” abuse, including an incident in that year.

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“Stephen got very angry. He was punching me and then he bit my nose. He had his hands around my throat,” Hart-Browne told the court, as quoted by The London Evening Standard.
The BBC also quoted the mother-of-two as saying: “I believed I was in danger of him killing me and I didn’t want my kids to be left with nothing.”
According to Hart-Browne, Rayner had a fascination with Charles Bronson and took on the criminal’s persona when he got angry.
“[Bronson] is Britain’s most notorious prisoner and he liked his aggression – there were a lot of stories about him in prison attacking other prisoners and prison guards,” she was quoted as saying in the reports.
“His whole accent changed, his whole being would change and I couldn’t get through to him,” she went on saying during the trial, which is set to continue.
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