Former soldier Barach Bandavad offers no evidence in his murder trial
A FORMER soldier on trial for murdering a woman by slashing her throat declined to give evidence to a jury.
Barach Bandavad, 38, an Abbey Wood MoD worker of Highbury Road, Horfield, denies murdering 58-year-old Judith Ege on June 30 last year.
A jury at Bristol Crown Court has heard Mrs Ege and her husband visited Bandavad after he split with Mr Ege's daughter Samantha.
The arrangement was to collect Samantha's possessions from the home in Highbury Road, and Bandavad cooperated in loading the car, the court has heard.
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Suddenly, the jury was told, Bandavad's mood changed and he demanded that the three of them go for a drive, showing that he was armed with a gun and two knives.
It is alleged that when Mr Ege ran, hoping that Bandavad would follow, Bandavad carried out a "murderous" assault on Mrs Ege as she tried to defend herself in the back of the car.
The Crown says Bandavad then deposited barbecue lighting gel in an attempt to set fire to the car following the attack.
The case continues.