Trial hears man ‘just lost it’

Happier times... Alfredo and Linda Merigo on their wedding day
Happier times... Alfredo and Linda Merigo on their wedding day

A DRIFFIELD man accused of murdering his estranged wife told a jury “I just lost it and attacked her.”

Alfredo Merigo, 43, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court after denying a charge of murdering Linda Merigo at her home on Clematis Close in Driffield on September 1 last year.

Mr Merigo told the jury that he could not remember the attack, which occurred on the driveway of her property, although he accepts that his actions led to her death.

He said he had travelled to Driffield to see Luca, the couple’s son.

He and Mrs Merigo argued over a number of things while Mr Merigo prepared to take the two-year-old for a walk in his buggy.

The couple began to argue about the forthcoming weekend and what contact Mr Merigo could have with his son. Mr Merigo said the couple continued to argue as he put Luca in the buggy and Mrs Merigo re-arranged a raincover in the tray under the pushchair.

He told the jury this was when Mrs Merigo produced a knife, which he said had been left under the buggy from a picnic he had taken with Mrs Merigo and Luca the Saturday before her death.

The trial continues.