'Slasher' murder accused 'had rotten luck with partners'

Craig Wild was kicked and stabbed to death at Alison Moss's flat in Sheffield
Craig Wild was kicked and stabbed to death at Alison Moss's flat in Sheffield
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A woman accused of murdering a Sheffield man who allegedly dubbed her 'Slasher' had 'rotten luck' with her boyfriends, a court heard.

Craig Wild was found with 117 wounds after being kicked and stabbed to death at Alison Moss's flat in Fox Walk, Walkley, on August 25 last year.

David Webster, who was her partner at the time, has admitted murdering the 49-year-old, but Moss denies the charge.

Summing up at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday, prosecutor Andrew Robertson told jurors Ms Moss had not only kicked Mr Wild and slashed him with a razor but had 'wound up' Webster to continue his own assault which was motivated by 'insane jealousy'.

"We submit from the evidence that she wasn't just kicking. She was winding Webster up, encouraging him to go further in his own assaults and, as she had done in the past was using that razor," he said.

Mr Robertson told how the attack had been fuelled by cocaine and the large volume of alcohol the pair had consumed that day.

He also reminded jurors of evidence that Ms Moss had previously attacked another man with scissors and a razor, which she admits, and had slashed Mr Wild above the ear, earning herself the nickname 'Slasher', which she denies.

Mark George, defending, said Ms Moss had been afraid of Webster and had no motive to attack Mr Wild, who he said was one of the only men in her life to have shown her any kindness.

"She undoubtedly had pretty rotten luck with the relationships she's had with men before, including Webster. There's no doubt that he was violent towards her," he said.

He went on to tell jurors the defendant had been afraid of Webster and had urged Mr Wild to deny having slept with her, in an attempt to prevent the 'extraordinarily violent' attack.

Mr George also told the court how the mother-of-six had endured a tough life, having consumed up to three bottles of vodka a day at the peak of her alcohol addiction after losing custody of her younger children to their sister.

Moss, aged 47, denies murder and unlawful wounding but has admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

Webster, aged 50, of Gibraltar House, Shalesmoor, has admitted murder and is due to be sentenced at the conclusion of the trial.

Jurors are due to be sent out to consider their verdict once the judge has finished summing up.

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