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Sheffield mum was ‘murdered by scrounger in her home’, court hears

Written by on 13/01/2021

A mother stabbed to death in her own home had never been in a relationship with a woman, despite her killer’s claims they were a same-sex couple, a court has heard.

Simone Hancock died on Saturday, July 4, after being knifed 12 times at Ravenscroft Place, Sheffield.

The 55-year-old suffered major blood loss and a fatal blow to her lung with a large knife.

Kerry Taylor, also of Ravenscroft Place, is charged with her murder and claims she and Ms Hancock had been involved in an intimate relationship.

In the wake of Ms Hancock’s death Ms Taylor provided police with a statement through her lawyer stating their relationship had become strained.

She also claims the pair had been meeting to discuss issues and an argument over drugs took place.

Ms Taylor added that she was acting in self-defence and stabbed Ms Hancock once.

However, Yasmin Gregory, Ms Hancock’s sister, told a jury she had only known of male partners including an ex-husband.

She said: “Simone said she helped Kerry move in and she just became a scrounger.

“I never saw them together and I never met Kerry.”

Ms Gregory told the court her sister’s addiction to drugs began when her marriage broke down.

She said: “Taking drugs was just a matter of functioning rather than getting high.”

She also said that while Ms Hancock could sometimes become verbally abusive towards their mother, she had never seen her become violent.

Ms Gregory was asked by Ms Taylor’s lawyer if she had ever seen her sister carrying a knife or a machete to which she said she had not.

He also asked her if she knew her sister kept a baseball bat behind her front door. She again said “no”.

Ms Gregory told jurors she knew her sister very well and although she was using heroin and crack cocaine “she didn’t go robbing or thieving”.

Ms Gregory was then asked about Ms Hancock’s relationships and whether or not she may have been with a woman.

She replied: “Simone was 55 when she died and I have never known her to have a relationship with a woman.”

The trial continues at Sheffield Crown Court.