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The girlfriend of a Folkestone man accused of murder has told the jury how his love rival had proposed to her.
Samantha Allen claimed Tim Clayton told her he was in love and wanted to marry and be with her.
The prosecution has claimed her lover Brian Sharp murdered Mr Clayton in a jealous rage on November 9 last year.
Ms Allen – who told the jury she was an alcoholic at the time – said she turned down the offer of marriage.
"He had been very depressed and I had come from another relationship. It was like I had become his carer and at times I had kicked him out because he got on my nerves.
"I got on his nerves too. I wanted more from the relationship that Tim was able to give."
But she said Sharp – who has denied murder – was "obsessive" and did not want her to have male friends.
"He used to follow me to the phone saying: 'If you are going out I am coming with you'. Tim was a massive problem for him.
"Brian is such a lovely person, but he kept saying: 'It's either him or me'.
"He hated him (Tim) with a vengeance. It was 'Tim this, Tim that'. Yet Tim and I were just like brother and sister. God I don't choose the right men, do I?"
"He stayed in my flat for some considerable time. He was living in a halfway house in Dover at the time and got a job near my flat. I said he could come and stay with me."
"He hit me on my back on my legs with his fists. He hit me hard enough to make me cry. He then put his hands around my neck so I couldn't breathe properly. He terrified me."
The trial continues.
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