A husband accused of murdering his wife today said he moved her body and placed obstacles in the way so his daughter wouldn’t find it when she woke up.
Steven Grainger is accused of killing his wife Simone in the house they shared while their children were asleep.
When he heard his daughter stir, he decided to hide his wife’s body by rolling her in a blanket and dragging her into the conservatory of their home.
The 32-year-old told the jury that he didn’t want his daughter to see her mother’s body so even put a clothes horse in the line of sight so she did not spot her body.
Steven Grainger is accused of killing his wife Simone in the house they shared while their children were asleep
The father-of-two was accused of hitting his 30-year-old wife over the head with a saucepan and strangling her in the middle of the night.
The jury at Reading Crown Court heard that he had called prostitute and a man he purchased cocaine off in the hours after the killing.
Grainger admits killing his wife however, denies murdering her and told the jury he pushed her away when she went for him with a pair of scissors on the night of November 4, last year.
Her body was discovered by a cousin Karima Dernawi who unusually had not been in contact with Simone for a day before letting herself in and finding her rolled up in a rug.
Grainger admits killing his wife however, denies murdering her and told the jury he pushed her away when she went for him with a pair of scissors on the night of November 4, last year
The pair were teenage sweethearts who married after being together for more than and decade.
However, the extent of their volatile relationship was revealed in abusive messages the pair sent to each other including Simone telling Grainger she had wished she had never married him.
Simone’s body was found in the first home they had shared together in Windsor Way, Calcot, Berkshire.
Grainger told a jury today that he was ‘in bits’ and moved his wife’s body to hide it from their daughter.
Standing in the witness box at Reading Crown Court in a white polo shirt, Grainger said: ‘I didn’t want my daughter to see so I put her in the kitchen, it was hard enough seeing my wife dead.’
Simone’s body was found in the first home they had shared together in Windsor Way, Calcot, Berkshire
‘I went up to my daughters bedroom trying to be as normal as possible,’ he said before dropping her at his grandmother’s house.
He said he had gone downstairs after not being able to sleep all night and found Simone on the floor with a blanket laid over her.
‘I realised something was wrong as she was lying down. That’s when I noticed there was blood on her head.
‘She was freezing cold, I knew she was dead.
‘I sat down with her trying to wake her up. I knew she was dead, she didn’t have a pulse.
‘I was crying, literally like time had stopped, it didn’t seem real. It was like my world had ended.’
He said he didn’t call for an ambulance because he knew she was dead.
He said: ‘I knew ther