A 'jealous and violent' man told his estranged wife to swallow her wedding ring before beating her to death in a 'brutal' attack while children were in the house, a court has heard.
Shaun Dyson, 28, is accused of the murder of Lucy-Anne Rushton, 30, in the early hours of June 23 by repeatedly jumping or stamping on her at their home in Andover, Hampshire.
He allegedly killed her in a 'prolonged and very severe' attack six months after their 'toxic' relationship ended. He denies her murder.
Ms Rushton had confided in loved ones about the couple's 'volatile' relationship and was convinced Dyson would end up killing her.
She had been dead for 'some time' at her home Dyson decided to dial 999, claiming Ms Rushton had drowned.
Lucy-Anne Rushton, 30, was found dead in her home on June 23 this year after suffering multiple injuries
Ms Rushton embracing her husband following their wedding in Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
The couple - who got together in 2010 and married four years later after eloping to Gretna Green - frequently argued but had split by the beginning of this year.
Family and friends pleaded with Ms Rushton to leave Dyson sooner, but she refused and declared 'she loved him', Winchester Crown Court heard today.
Simon Jones, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court that Ms Rushton became the victim of a 'history of domestic violence'.
Mr Jones said: 'The defendant's and Lucy's relationship is probably best described as toxic.
'Lucy was killed by the defendant; she was the victim of a prolonged and very severe beating, culminating in repeated stamping or jumping or both on her chest and while she was laid on her back.'
He continued: 'There was no justification for blow after blow, kick after kick, stamp after stamp on Lucy. This was borne out of a jealous rage in a violent man.'
Shaun Dyson, 28, is accused of the murder of Lucy-Anne Rushton, 30, in the early hours of June 23 by repeatedly jumping or stamping on her at their home in Andover, Hampshire
Tributes outside the family home. The couple - who got together in 2010 and married four years later after eloping to Gretna Green - frequently argued but had split by the beginning of this year
Mr Jones said that Dyson, who had already hit Ms Rushton on the evening before she died, had become 'enraged' by a phone call she received from a man she had been in a relationship with.
He said that a child witness had seen the defendant say to Ms Rushton in the early hours: 'Swallow