Millionaire batters girlfriend to death while having rough sex fueled by cocaine and booze
A woman was battered to death by her millionaire property developer boyfriend during a violent drug and booze-fueled sadomasochistic sex session at their residence, a court heard
Natalie Connolly, 26, was allegedly murdered by John Broadhurst, 40, after he "totally lost it" and left her naked body at the bottom of a staircase in a pool of her own blood. Her body was found on December 18, 2016, at the couple's £600,000 home in Kinver, West Midlands. The pair had engaged in "rough sex" after a day of drinking alcohol and snorting cocaine, prosecutors said.
Broadhurst, of Wolverley, Worcestershire, allegedly wanted to "teach Natalie a lesson" after discovering that she had been sending nude pictures to a stranger on social media, jurors heard. The millionaire is alleged to have sprayed her face with bleach to clean off the blood after he inflicted "dreadful" blunt-force injuries to her head and chest, Daily Mail reports.
I’ve been at Birmingham Crown Court where Worcestershire businessman John Broadhurst, 40, is on trial for murder after his 26-year-old lover was found dead following a cocaine-fuelled sex session. I’ll be talking through the details with @theandrewe on @bbchw after 5pm. pic.twitter.com/LXPvG9nczC— Tom Edwards (@tomedwardsbbchw) November 16, 2018
Prosecutor David Mason QC opened the case at Birmingham Crown Court and told the jury: "This case involves the tragic death of Natalie Connolly, who died in what you will almost certainly come to conclude were extremely unusual circumstances. She died virtually naked. She died on her own, after she had been left there by the man who said, and still says, that he loved her."
He continued: "He left her at the bottom of the stairs in a dreadful physical state, heavily intoxicated and very badly injured. He probably, although we only have his word for it, went to bed, leaving her to die in this callous fashion, knowing that she was in a terrible state. How, you may well ask yourselves, could any man that is supposedly in love with Natalie, leave her to die in the way that he did?"
The couple had reportedly watched a West Bromwich Albion football match and ate at an Indian restaurant before spending the day drinking, jurors heard. Broadhurst's chauffeur drove the couple back home, where they continued the party in the kitchen, consuming some more alcohol and about two grams of cocaine.
According to Broadhurst, it was Natalie who expressed a desire to have masochistic sex — something they had previously engaged in. He claimed that Connolly was injured by a bottle of carpet cleaner and sustained a severe knock to her head during sex. The 40-year-old property developer claimed that he didn't realize Connolly was seriously injured and so he left her at the bottom of the stairs and went to bed. It was only the next morning that he discovered her lifeless body, the court heard.
However, prosecutor Mason said: "Perhaps he knew that she had died and left her to go upstairs to think about what he had done and what he was going to say? Whether he left her dead or alive, he certainly left her seriously injured and he must have known that — if she wasn't already dead — there was a substantial risk that, if he left her in that state, she might die. That, we say, speaks volumes about his state of mind, because if those injuries that she sustained had been anything other than intentional, why leave her in the way he did?"
That said, Broadhurst claims he only hurt his girlfriend "within the boundaries of her masochistic desires" and denies murdering her.