A mother-of-three was stabbed to death in front of her children by her jealous ex-partner as she cried out ‘I love you’, just moments after he killed his new girlfriend, it is claimed.
Jodie Betteridge, 30, and Lynne Freeman, 46, were named locally as the two women killed in separate attacks just yards apart in Redcar, Teesside, on Wednesday night.
Ms Betteridge – who neighbours and family members said had split up from the suspect just months ago – was attacked on the doorstep of her home minutes after Ms Freeman was fatally hurt at her nearby bungalow.
Police arrested a 34-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of two counts of murder and he was still being questioned by detectives this morning.
One of Ms Betteridge’s neighbours told The Sun: ‘She was wearing a blue dressing gown and screaming, “I still love you”,
‘There was blood everywhere. He stabbed her about ten times.’
Her mother, Marina, 49, from Middlesbrough, said Ms Betteridge had split up from her boyfriend a few months ago after 10 years together.
‘She was a beautiful woman and a brilliant mother,’ she said.