Trimaan 'Harry' Dhillon allegedly broke into Alice Ruggle's flat and brutally murdered her
Alice Ruggles, 24, was planning a romantic rendezvous with army officer Lieutenant Mike James and was exchanging “constant” text messages with him when soldier Trimaan “Harry” Dhillon allegedly broke into her flat and brutally murdered her.
Dhillon, 26, a signaller in the Royal Highland Fusiliers based at Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Midlothian, had a relationship over the internet with Alice while he was serving in Afghanistan.
A court heard Dhillon was 'utterly obsessed' with his former lover's blossoming relationship
They split after she found out he had messaged other women on Tinder.
She said she was frightened when he travelled from Glencorse Barracks to her home in Gateshead and knocked on her door late at night, then tapped on her bedroom window and left flowers and chocolates on the sill.
After he left a rambling voicemail insisting he did not want to kill her she complained to police 10 days before her death but complained that officers had “palmed her off”.
Lieut James, stationed in Germany with the Royal Engineers, met Alice while she was visiting a mutual friend at his base and revealed they were excited about spending “quality time together that weekend”.
Alice and Dhillon broke up after age she found out he had messaged other women on Tinder
In a statement read out at Newcastle Crown Court he spoke of his surprise that Alice had stopped messaging him midway through their conversation and that although his messages were being delivered to her phone she was not responding.
In fact Dhillon, who had become obsessed about the blossoming relationship, had climbed in through a window at her flat in Gateshead on October 12th last year and killed her with six strokes of a kitchen knife as he held her head over the shower.
While messaging Lieut James, Alice had also been sending photographs of herself trying on a dress to her friend Georgina Humphries and was worried that it might be too revealing.
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In his statement Lieut James told the court that Alice had confided in him over Dhillon’s obsessive behaviour, telling him how he had hacked her Facebook, Whatsapp, and email messages and had been driving from his barracks near Edinburgh to stalk her.
Dhillon denies murder but claimed ALice's death had been a mixture of self-defence and an accident
Dhillon also contacted Lieut James by Facebook message and told him: “She is playing us, she is still in love with me.”
He added: “Could you please tell me where you guys stand, I feel pretty gutted knowing that she says she loves me but is seeing you too.”
A voicemail Dhillon left on Alice’s phone in the days leading up to her death was also played to the jury.
In the rambling message – left after he had banged on her doors and windows at night – he said: “I don’t want to kill you, I am not intending to kill you, that is all I want to say, that I don’t want to kill you, that is why I brought you flowers and chocolates and just walked away. I hope you have a good night.”
Dhillon denies murder but in police interview claimed Alice’s death had been a mixture of self-defence and an accident during a bathroom tussle.
The trial continues.