Soldier ‘had ex-girlfriend fearing for her life’, court told

Alice Ruggles had bemoaned a police response. Picture: Contributed
Alice Ruggles had bemoaned a police response. Picture: Contributed

A WOMAN who bled to death after her throat was cut had told her sister that police would only respond once her ex-boyfriend had stabbed her, a court has heard.

Alice Ruggles, 24, had first reported Lance Corporal Trimaan ‘Harry’ Dhillon to police 10 days before she was found dead in her flat in Gateshead last October.

He ignored an official warning to cease contact and sent his ex a parcel through the post.

She informed Northumbria Police, Newcastle Crown Court heard, but while the initial response to her first complaint was “brilliant”, she was unhappy with what happened following the second call.

In a statement, her sister Emma, a British Army officer, told the court she advised Ms Ruggles to contact the police, but she replied she already had.

The statement said the Sky employee told her sister: “They will f****** respond once he has f****** stabbed me.”

Dhillon, a signaller with the 2 Scots based at Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, denies murder.

The court heard how Dhillon, who was born in India, started an intense relationship over the internet with Ms Ruggles while he was serving in Afghanistan.

She split with him after she found out he had been messaging other women on the dating site Tinder, jurors were told.

She said she was frightened when he travelled to Tyneside from Midlothian and repeatedly knocked on her door late at night, then tapped on her bedroom window and left flowers and chocolates on the sill.

The court has heard a phone message he then left her, repeatedly saying he did not want to kill her.

The court has heard Dhillon was given an official police warning to stay away from his ex as a result.

A friend of the defendant and Ms Ruggles told the jury that when they were going out with each other, Dhillon made his girlfriend feel self-conscious.

Gen Crozier told the court: “He said some stuff about the size of her nose, hair on her forearms. He just made her feel really self-conscious – just not the person she really was.”

Serena Murphy, a friend of the defendant who met him at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, told the jury that when Dhillon found out Ms Ruggles was seeing a new man, the defendant showed her a picture of him and said: “Be honest, tell me if he is better looking than me.”

The trial continues