Court hears of ‘deadly end to booze addicts love triangle’ as manslaughter trial of Bovingdon man begins

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A former soldier was killed after ‘hitting on’ another man’s woman during a drinking session, a jury was told.

Mark Hopkinson, 36, angered Mark Fagence, of Apple Cottages in Bovingdon, when he ‘shared a moment’ with Jane Kane at her Borehamwood home.

When police arrived, they found 14 stone Fagence, 50, lying on top of Mr Hopkinson in a darkened room.

Prosecutor Ann Evans told St Albans Crown Court today that Mr Hopkinson was unconscious, blue in the face and did not have a pulse. He was pronounced dead an hour later in hospital.

Two months before Mr Hopkinson died Ms Kane, who is in her 40s, met Fagence at Watford General Hospital and they began a relationship.

He also met Mr Hopkinson at the hospital where both were being treated for alcohol abuse.

On the afternoon of November 6 the men went to Ms Kane’s home.

The prosecutor said: “What happened next is not entirely clear.

“Jane admits that she had some form of sexual encounter with Mark Hopkinson.

“Mark Fagence found Mr Hopkinson asleep on the end of Jane’s bed and told him to go.”

He left the house and bought more drink before returning by taxi to Ms Kane’s home. The prosecutor said: “They ended up attempting to have sex, while apparently Mark Fagence slept on unaware downstairs.”

“A short while later the pair heard Mark Fagence shouting: “What are you two doing?”

Later Ms Kane came downstairs to find the pair fighting. Fagence told her to call an ambulance.

Fagence denies manslaughter. The case continues.