A woman has been accused of murdering her girlfriend “with relish” after a disagreement over drugs ended in a violent knife attack that caused “torrential” bleeding.

A jury at Sheffield Crown Court was told that Kerry Taylor plunged a large knife into her 55-year-old partner Simone Hancock multiple times on the evening of Saturday, July 4 – inflicting fatal wounds.

Ms Hancock was stabbed in her flat in Ravenscroft Place, Sheffield, with such force that part of a bone in her arm was detached.

A post mortem examination established that more than a litre of blood "departed" Ms Hancock’s body after her lung was punctured.

While Ms Hancock pleaded with neighbours to help her, Ms Taylor, also of Ravenscroft Place, ran around the nearby area topless and bloodied claiming she had been raped, the court heard.

The court heard the couple's relationship had become strained and the pair had met to discuss their future when an disagreement over drugs took place.

Ravenscroft Place, Sheffield,
Ms Hancock was allegedly stabbed in her flat in Ravenscroft Place, Sheffield

Prosecutor Robert Woodcock said that while Ms Taylor denies murder, she will suggest she lost control, reports Yorkshire Live.

He said: “The prosecution seek to prove Kerry Taylor murdered her friend and associate Simone Hancock and did so without mercy.

“She stabbed her over 10 times with a large knife. One blow penetrated the chest wall and caused torrential internal bleeding with which she had no prospect of survival.

“When she attacked Simone, she did so knowing she was defenceless.

“The defendant on the other hand will suggest she is responsible for the unlawful death and is thus guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.”

But Mr Woodcock told the jury the claim she makes is “fanciful”.

He said: “The defendant knew perfectly well when she stabbed the defenceless Simone Hancock she knew what she was doing and did it with relish and is thus guilty of murder.”

During his opening, Mr Woodcock told the court at around 10.30pm a witness, Michael Collins, was at home having shared a meal with a friend, Chris Geary.

Mr Collins, who lives in a block of flats to where Ms Hancock lives, recalls her “banging on a window screaming she had been stabbed”.

Mr Woodcock said: “She was bleeding profusely from a stab wound to her upper back.

“Mr Collins and Mr Geary tried to give first aid using tea towels to stem the bleeding.

“While [they are helping her], she tells them Kerry Taylor had stabbed her.”

The police arrived on the scene before any paramedics and tried to resuscitate Ms Hancock, but she showed no sign of a pulse and had stopped breathing.

She was taken to hospital and by 11.50pm she was pronounced dead.

Ms Taylor denies one count of murder and the trial continues.