KYLE BYFIELD TRIAL: Accused gives her account in court

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The 26-year-old woman from Banbury accused of murdering Kyle Byfield has stood in the witness box to give her evidence.

Natasha Capell of Jubilee Court is charged with the 23-year-old’s death after he died at the Horton General Hospital on April 16 from a stab wound.

Capell admitted stabbing Mr Byfield on day one of the trial at Oxford Crown Court last week but denies doing it to cause real serious harm.

She was visibly upset and crying as she told the court on day five of the trial today (Monday) about the events at her flat earlier this year.

When asked by defending barrister Adrian Redgrave QC about how she now feels about the incident, she said: “I feel devastated at what I have done and feel so guilty that I have taken someone’s life and feel terrible for his family and his mother. I do not know her myself but I am a mother too and know if someone did that to my child it is the most horrifying thing you can ever do.

“Everyday I wake up and the first thought that comes into my head is that Kyle [Byfield] is dead because of me.”

The court heard how Capell lived in her flat with her young daughter and on April 15 she had a text message from Tim Green asking if she wanting to join him and Jake Orwa for a drink in a town centre pub.

As her mother was already on her way to pick up her daughter for the day, Capell met the pair and began drinking through the day before she said to her mother to keep her daughter until the morning.

Capell and Mr Orwa then made their way to the property in Harlech Close and continued drinking before heading to Capell’s flat at about 6am on April 16.

She admitted that Lorenzo Mighty, who lived at the address in Harlech Close, had asked her to leave but denied she had smashed some glass during the evening of drinking.

Capell told the jury how she was trying to get Mr Orwa and Mr Byfield to leave her flat as her mother was due to drop her daughter off at 9am.

She said: “Kyle [Byfield] was saying that he wanted another drink and Jake [Orwa] said he had some more drugs. They also said they would hide in another room while my mother dropped my daughter off but I would never allow my child to be with people who had been drinking.”

“They were not taking it seriously when I was asking them to leave, just kept turning the music up and making more drink.”

The court then heard how Capell picked up a knife that was on the pouffe in the living room, which had been used earlier by Capell to open some bags of fruit she had brought from the supermarket.

She then picked up the knife and when asked by Mr Redgrave QC why she did, she said: “I wanted to frighten them. I had had enough and I wanted them out. I do not know what I was thinking but I just wanted to scare them into leaving. If they were sober they would have left.

“Kyle [Byfield] came towards me to take the knife, I did not realise I had stabbed him and did it so hard. I just panicked and it was just meant to frighten them. Everything happened so quickly but I never intended to seriously harm him. I did not want him badly hurt and did not want him to die. I would never want anybody to die and would never want to kill him.”

The court heard how the pair tried to keep Mr Byfield upright following the incident and Capell told Mr Orwa to get a teatowel from the kitchen to help stem the flow of blood.

She also told the court how it was her and not Mr Orwa who said to call an ambulance and that it was Mr Orwa who smashed the mug in the flat to support the idea that Mr Byfield had fallen on glass.

As the pair came out of the flat Capell also told the jury it was Mr Orwa who said that the knife was in the oven back in the kitchen, where Capell then took weapon and disposed of it in a newspaper storage bin on Gatteridge Street.

Mr Redgrave QC then asked Capell how she was feeling when police officers told her that Mr Byfield had died. She said: “I felt like I was in a nightmare and I couldn’t wake up. I could not believe what they were telling me, I was devastated. I wish I could swap places and there was nothing I could do take this back.”

Mr Regrave QC added: “You pleaded guilty to manslaughter and accept that you were responsible for his {Kyle Byfield] death and there was no lawful justification for swinging the knife when you did whatever you did. The action was with the knife, did you intend to cause him any real serious injury?”

Capell replied: “No.If I intended to cause him harm I would not be acting in the way I did after it. I pleaded guilty because it was me and my action that caused Kyle [Byfield] to die, I did not itend to do it.”

She added that the knife was in the living room because she was in a rush to meet Mr Green and Mr Orwa in town and to get her daughter ready for her mother to pick her up.

But in cross-examination, Alan Blake, prosecuting, asked Capell why she didn’t tell police officers the truth and instead told them that Mr Byfield had fallen on broken glass.

He added: “The suggestion that you had the knife out to open a plastic bag with the fruit in is a lie. You were intoxicated and frustrated and quickly in a rage at what Kyle was saying and your anger was directed at him that you were swinging the knife. “Your immediate reaction was to think of yourself, saying ‘I cannot go down for this, I have got a two-year-old baby.

“You are trying to blame Mr Orwa for the fact that you had the knife. You tried to persuade him to get rid of the knife and when he didn’t you did it.”

Capell replied: “I was scared and knew I was in so much trouble. I did not try to blame anyone else and I was not thinking of myself. I was trying my hardest to help and it was too late.”

The prosecution and defending barristers are expected to deliver their final speeches tomorrow (Tuesday) before Judge Patrick Eccles sums up the trial to the jury.

It is believed the jury will be sent out later this week.