An estate agent on trial for killing his wife after a lesbian affair claims she would ‘nearly always’ belittle the size of his penis and made him feel like he ‘wasn’t even a man’.
David Clark, 49, is accused of knifing his South-African born wife Melanie, 44, in the chest before dialling 999 and admitting killing her.
Giving evidence for the first time at Birmingham Crown Court, Clark, of Bromsgrove, told jurors his wife’s taunts made him feel ‘worthless, inadequate and sad’.
She would threaten to headbutt him and ‘bust his nose’ and would comment on the size of his penis ‘almost every night’, they were told.
Clark became emotional and had to be handed tissues when describing one incident, before they were married, involving the ‘particular’ way he had organised his work shirts by colour.
He said today: ‘The one thing I did remember, was just my work shirts were in order, all neat.’
Breaking down, he continued: ‘She mixed them all up.
‘She would change things, on purpose, move my stuff so I couldn’t find it. She didn’t really care.’
Describing her ‘taunting’ behaviour, he added: ‘She’d call me names, taunt me and stuff.
‘She’d get right up to me, to my face, and she would like to say ‘I’m going to headbutt you, bust your nose’. She was just angry.’
Asked how she would make him feel, he replied: ‘Like I wasn’t worth it – like I wasn’t a man.’
Mr Clark also claimed his wife had battled with an alcohol problem since 2015 and was ‘not pleasant to be around’ when drinking.
He said: ‘It never stopped. It was almost every night.’