Man with type 1 diabetes blames hypoglycemia for death of his girlfriend

Jack Woodfield
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Man with type 1 diabetes blames hypoglycemia for death of his girlfriend
A man with type 1 diabetes accused of murdering his girlfriend has blamed complications of his condition for the attack.

Jeremy Clarke, 55, from Leicester denies the charges, but accepts his partner died because of his involuntary and uncontrollable actions caused by hypoglycemia.

Tracey Evans was discovered in the bath having had her throat cut last August on her 52nd birthday.

Speaking during his trial at Leicester Crown Court, Mr Clarke said: "I thought I must have done it myself because I was covered in blood."

The jury heard how the 55-year-old had drunk nine pints of either bitter or cider while out celebrating Tracey's birthday that afternoon and he had not eaten since midday.

On the day in question Mr Clarke claims he left Tracey at the pub while he went home to eat something because he could feel hypoglycemia coming on.

CCTV showed he did leave the pub in the evening and his girlfriend followed him eight minutes later.

Mr Clarke maintains neither of them had argued on the day and his memory of the evening is hazy, but he can recall her coming home and her shouting.

He said: "I just recall her shouting, I recall being forcefully pushed in the bathroom. I've no recollection at all. I don't know if I got up off the bathroom floor or the living room. I remember Tracey in the bath.

"I saw blood all over ... I thought I'd possibly had a hypo. I had blood all down my jeans and my face and neck was covered."

He appeared emotional on the stand and told the court he knew she was dead because "I couldn't see her breathing ... I saw her throat was cut".

Mr Clarke also said that at the time he thought there was "no point" ringing for an ambulance "because she was dead and I thought I wanted to end my own life".

He told the police shortly after his arrest that the stress of Tracey shouting at him that evening may have caused his blood glucose levels to drop and he had "no recollection" of stabbing her.

The trial continues.
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