The family of an estate agent who was murdered by a former Army officer who stabbed and smothered her and a colleague as he held them hostage for more than eight hours have described in court how their lives have been ripped apart.
Many of those in a packed Leeds Crown Court today were in tears as Nicole Waterhouse’s father and three sisters stood just a few yards from Jeremy Green as they told him how his “evil” actions had robbed them of their “angel”.
Green, 26, will be sentenced later today for murdering Miss Waterhouse, 32, at her flat in York and attempting to murder her flatmate and colleague Karen Browne, 22, in October last year.
This morning, a judge heard horrific details of how Green, who had once gone out on dates with Miss Browne, stabbed both women multiple times over a period of nearly nine hours - cutting their throats and smothering them.
The judge heard how Miss Browne, who survived the ordeal, was rendered unable to move by the repeated attacks throughout the day and had to listen to her friend pleading with Green as he assaulted her in another bedroom.
Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting, told the court how both women endured hours of pain.
Miss Browne was later able to tell police how Green cut her throat on three different occasions, including with with a piece of glass; repeatedly tried to smother her with a pillow; wrapped a belt round her neck to strangle her and even leant on her injuries to try and speed up the flow of blood and hasten her death.
He said Miss Waterhouse, known as Nicki, had 65 different injuries, including a damaged spine.
Mr Moulson said Green, who had been discharged from the Yorkshire Regiment for “minor dishonesty” earlier last year, took phones, bank cards and jewellery from the women.
The prosecutor said he needed money for his rent the next day and a forthcoming trip to London.
There were extremely emotional scenes in court as Miss Waterhouse’s family faced Green one-by-one across the court to read out their victim impact statements.
Her sister Danielle stared straight at the defendant and, in floods of tears, said: “I will always have three sisters and no-one will take them away from me - no even him.
“He’s destroyed all our lives and he’s taken a part of our family we can never replace.”
She said: “My heart aches knowing she died alone with no-one around her.”
Miss Waterhouse’s father, John, stopped repeatedly to wipe tears from his eyes as he read out his statement facing Green.
Estate agent Mr Waterhouse said: “She was totally conned by this man’s evilness.”
Green, who sat in the glass-fronted dock smartly dress in a pin-striped suit and surrounded by prison officers, looked down as the family members addressed their comments to him.
The judge was told the stab injuries were probably caused by a lock-knife Green claimed he got in Afghanistan.
He told a psychiatrist he carried the knife for protection following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, in Woolwich, last year.
The court heard Green, who admitted murder and attempted murder, went to Afghanistan twice for acclimatisation but never left Camp Bastion and did not see active service.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, said he will sentence Green, of Popes Head Court, York, this afternoon.