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Torquay heart stab woman jailed for murder

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 31, 2012

Carol Kemp

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A TORQUAY woman who fatally stabbed a man she met on the internet will serve at least 13 years for his murder.

Carol Kemp (pictured), 45, who had lived in St Marychurch Road for more than a decade, stabbed laminator Martin Rusling through his heart at his Dorset home in December when he decided to end their seven month relationship.

Kemp originally denied murder, claiming she had brandished the knife to commit suicide and accidentally stabbed Mr Rusling through both chambers of his heart when he tried to stop her.

She was sentenced to life imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court with the judge saying that she would serve a minimum of 13 years.

Neighbours at her former flat in St Marychurch Road said they were aware Kemp had lived there, but did not know her by name.

They said they had heard her rowing with people, and in the past police had been called to the address in the early hours when she was rowing with a partner.

Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "This was a tragic and callous act against a defenceless man, and our sympathy is with Martin's family and friends who are still coming to terms with their loss.

"Martin was very well loved by his family and friends and described as a very friendly, happy and caring person.

"We believe that Martin, who was in a short term relationship with Kemp, wanted to end the relationship over the Christmas period and she reacted violently, stabbing him once in the chest with a kitchen knife.

"He was fatally wounded and died from one single deep puncture wound."

Following the verdict, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex, Richard Oakley said: "Kemp killed Martin Rusling by stabbing him through his heart in a moment of rage.

"Kemp had hoped that she and Mr Rusling would eventually set up home together.

"The couple spent some time together over Christmas at Mr Rusling's home in Portland. During this time, according to Kemp, Mr Rusling seems to have indicated that he did not wish her to move in with him.

"Kemp admitted to feeling frustrated and depressed and stated that there was an argument between the two of them. It seems that shortly after this Mr Rusling received the fatal wound to his heart.

"The defendant when arrested initially told the police that she did not mean to kill him and appeared to take responsibility for Mr Rusling's injuries. She maintained this version for two days and then gave a new statement where she said that Mr Rusling was accidentally stabbed while he tried to stop her committing suicide.

"This is an extremely sad case where Martin Rusling's life was lost apparently through Kemp's anger and frustration. I hope that Mr Rusling's family can find some comfort with the verdict today, our thoughts go out to them at this difficult time."

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  • SmartyC  |  May 31 2012, 10:19PM

    "She was sentenced to life imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court with the judge saying that she would serve a minimum of 13 years." Err, so not "life" at all then...

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  • ThePFJ  |  May 31 2012, 10:25AM

    I bet that is not the picture she posted on the internet.

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  • ste045  |  May 31 2012, 7:46AM

    lock up your bunnies

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