Prostitute wife 'killed after row'

A man told a jury today that he heard somebody apparently being strangled in a flat where a neighbour is accused of murdering his prostitute wife.

Byron Williams, 30, described a violent hour-long dispute during which aspiring model Kirsty Grabham, 24, was allegedly murdered.



Her husband, Paul Grabham, 26, of Swansea, South Wales, is accused of killing his wife during the row at their flat in March last year.



Catherine Broomfield, the victim's mother, rushed out of court sobbing as she heard details of what the prosecution claim were her daughter's last moments.



Neighbour Mr Williams, 30, gave evidence for the prosecution today at the murder trial at Swansea Crown Court.



Grabham denies a single charge of murder.



Mr Williams lived in the flat directly below the Grabhams in Rosehill Terrace, Swansea.



Previously, the jury has heard the couple were both prostitutes who had met at a massage parlour in Bridgend where Mrs Grabham was working.



They were married within weeks of meeting at the end of 2007 and later advertised their sexual services together on a joint website.



The couple had been to a nightclub on March 27 but had apparently argued about Grabham using dogging web-sites to set up meetings for sex with strangers.



He had returned home early alone and Mrs Grabham had got back to the flat by taxi much later, the jury has heard.



Mr Williams said today that an argument between the two began almost as soon as Mrs Grabham got home.



He said the couple regularly had noisy arguments lasting up to an hour in which objects were thrown and doors slammed.



He said the noise had been so loud during the early hours of March 28 he almost went upstairs to complain.



"I'm now very sorry that I didn't do that," he told the court.



I was very ill that night and to be honest with you I had heard so many arguments with them I could not see this one being any different.



"I could not think that he was killing her up there, or that anyone was being killed."



His comments came after he had described being "at the end of my tether" because of the noise.



He told the court that during the row: "I thought I heard Kirsty. It was like somebody had a hand over her mouth as she was trying to shout something out.



"I cannot really describe it. It was like a high pitched noise. It is like when you watch TV and you can hear someone being strangled, it was like that.



"I was convinced that it was Kirsty's voice."



He added: "The more I have thought about it, it could have been Paul crying. But it was an hysterical thing anyway.



"It was definitely hysterical, whatever it was."



He said the flat upstairs had gone quiet for a few hours before noise and banging started again.



"I was at the end of my tether. I felt like I wanted to go up there and say something because the noise was ridiculous," he said.



"There was a lot of banging like there was a lot of draws being opened and slammed, frantically searching through them.



"That went on for about an hour. Then I heard something being dragged across the floor. It's a laminated floor and you can hear everything."



Earlier the court heard evidence from Kerri Inger, 23, the partner of Mr Williams.

She was also at his flat at the time of the argument and claimed it had lasted up to two hours.



She said she evetually fell asleep and was awoken later by loud banging and what she thought were sweeping noises.



"Most of it sounded like furniture being moved. I heard a sweeping sound or a hard brush sound. The other noise I heard sounded like wet object being dragged."



She added: "You know when you slip on the bath and it makes a squeaking sound? It sounded like that, like something was being dragged."



Christopher Clee, defending, put it to her that the argument had never happened, a suggestion she dismissed.



Grabham claims he was asleep on the sofa and did not see his wife come home. He reported her missing two days later.



Within a week her dead body was found in a suitcase dumped alongside the M4 near Bridgend.



The case continues tomorrow.

Suggested Topics
News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

News
people
News
people
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
News
Gillian Anderson was paid less than her male co-star David Duchovny for three years while she was in the The X-Files until she protested and was given the same salary
people

Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood

Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Arts and Entertainment
Swiss guards stand in the Sistine Chapel, which is to be lit, and protected, by 7,000 LEDs
art

The Sistine Chapel is set to be illuminated with thousands of LEDs

Arts and Entertainment
Richard Burr remains the baker to beat on the Great British Bake Off
tvRichard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
News
i100
Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
News
people
News
The village was originally named Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain after the Celtic female Saint Brigit, but the name was changed 150 years ago to Llansantffraid – a decision which suggests the incorrect gender of the saint
newsA Welsh town has changed its name - and a prize if you can notice how
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic
theatreReview: Kristin Scott Thomas is magnificent in a five-star performance of ‘Electra’
Life and Style
Couples who boast about their relationship have been condemned as the most annoying Facebook users
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Hayley Williams performs with Paramore in New York
musicParamore singer says 'Steal Your Girl' is itself stolen from a New Found Glory hit
News
i100
Sport
Ronaldinho signs the t-shirt of a pitch invader
footballProof they are getting bolder
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?