Axe-killer handed lover 60,000

A former escort girl who hacked her boyfriend to death with an axe handed him 60,000 in a last ditch attempt to save the relationship, a court heard.

Jan Charlton, 36, used the money from the sale of her own house as a "last fling" when she realised Danny O'Brien was about to leave her, Leeds Crown Court was told.

During Charlton's fifth day in the witness box, Paul Worsley, QC, prosecuting, put it to her that she hung on to the money until she realised he was going to leave her.

He said: "I suggest you aren't this shrinking violet. You hung on to your money until you realised that this man in April was beginning to lose interest in you."

Charlton replied: "If that's true, the last thing I would do is give him my money."

Mr Worsley added: "I suggest that was the last fling to show this man you would stay with him - 'please don't dump me, Danny'."

Charlton replied: "Absolutely no way at all."

Charlton, 36, moved in with Mr O'Brien in late 2000 after selling her home in Huddersfield for 60,000. She put the money into a high interest account, but just weeks before Mr O'Brien's death she handed over the money to him. He put it into an account in his name.

The court has heard that Charlton believed the money was going into a joint account. She later received all the money.

Mr O'Brien, 40, was found in his bedroom with the axe embedded in his head. He had at least 20 injuries. Charlton admits killing Mr O'Brien at the home they shared in Midgley, West Yorkshire, on May 23 last year, but denies murder. She claims lawful self-defence and provocation.

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