Man denies murdering neigbour in jealous rage


Father-of-three denies stabbing love rival to death after yelling at him: ‘Think you can f*** Bobbie?’

  • Owen Muldowney, 35, denies the murder of 39-year-old Tim Hipperson
  • A court heard Muldowney confronted the victim about sleeping with his partner
  • Prosecutors claim Muldowney repeatedly stabbed Mr Hipperson on May 

A father-of-three has denied stabbing a man to death over rumours he slept with his girlfriend.

Oliver Muldowney, 35, allegedly knifed 39-year-old Tim Hipperson to death after accusing him of sleeping with his partner Bobbie Tomkins.

Muldowney asked the victim ‘Think you can f*** Bobbie?’ before he stabbed him repeatedly in Richmond, southwest London, on May 17, 2021, jurors have heard.

Mr Hipperson staggered bleeding into Kings Road and died in hospital three days later.

Tim Hipperson, 39, pictured, was stabbed repeatedly before he staggered onto the street on May 17, 2021

Tim Hipperson, 39, pictured, was stabbed repeatedly before he staggered onto the street on May 17, 2021

Oliver Muldowney, 35, denied murdering Tim Hipperson at the Old Bailey in London, pictured

Oliver Muldowney, 35, denied murdering Tim Hipperson at the Old Bailey in London, pictured

Mr Hipperson collapsed and was airlifted from Kings Road in Richmond on May 17, 2021. He died three days later in hospital

Mr Hipperson collapsed and was airlifted from Kings Road in Richmond on May 17, 2021. He died three days later in hospital 

Smartly dressed in a white shirt and dark tie, Muldowney denied the stabbing during his evidence at the Old Bailey.

Giles Cockings, QC, defending, asked: ‘Did you stab Tim Hipperson with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm because you believed he had slept with Bobbie?’

Muldowney replied: ‘Not at all.’

Mr Cockings asked: ‘Did you ever suspect or believe Tim Hipperson to have slept with Bobbie?’

Muldowney replied: ‘Not to my knowledge, no.’

He denied he ever became violent over rumours of Ms Tomkins’ cheating, saying he might have made threats but claimed his ‘bark was bigger than his bite’.

Muldowney said he had known Ms Tomkins since he was 16 and described their relationship as ‘brilliant’ at the start.

She was a good mum and worked at a nursery in Richmond, he said.

But things went downhill in 2016 when Ms Tomkins went through a tough time and started taking drugs, he said.

‘She just didn’t care anymore. She didn’t care about the children, she didn’t care about me, she didn’t care about nothing or no one.’

The couple had three children, the eldest being co-defendant, Bonnie Eastwood, 19, who is accused of witness intimidation.

Eastwood allegedly phoned prosecution witness Elaine Doyle and tried to persuade her not to give evidence, threatening her with ‘serious consequences’ if she did so.

Muldowney said Eastwood was technically his stepdaughter but they shared a ‘very close’ relationship.

Jurors have heard Muldowney made money dealing class A drugs but never touched them himself.

He said he found Bobbie’s drug habit ‘devastating’ because a lot of male drug dealers ask for sexual favours in return.

‘They could be asking her for sex for drugs. She could be selling herself for drugs.’

Mr Cockings asked: ‘Do you know whether she did this or not?’

‘More than likely yeah,’ replied Muldowney.

Asked how he felt about this, he said: ‘Upset. P****d off.

‘I would be angry with her, scream and shout at her, but I would never physically hurt her or anything like that.’

Mr Cockings went on: ‘What about those she slept with?’

‘Same again,’ Muldowney said. ‘I would be angry, I would scream and shout, maybe make threats to them but never do anything.

‘My bark is bigger than my bite.

‘I would never do anything about it.

‘Can’t go around beating people up about it.

‘If that was the case then I would have hurt a lot of people along the way.’

Muldowney admitted Bobbie’s infidelity made him feel ‘jealous and angry’.

He also admitted it was ‘hypocritical’ of him to be so upset about her drug habit considering he was a dealer.

‘I was doing it to make money for my family, to put food on the table.

‘To make ends meet.’

Immediately after the attack on Mr Hipperson, Muldowney allegedly fled with Jonathan Nash, 36, to the home of his partner Natalie Stevens, 38, nearby.

Stevens allegedly helped Muldowney escape by booking him a taxi to Brentford.

Muldowney, of no fixed address, denies murder, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation, but admits two counts of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs of class A.

Nash, from Hounslow, west London, denies perverting the course of justice and two counts of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs of class A.

Stevens from Richmond, denies perverting the course of justice.

Eastwood, from Hampton Hampton, denies witness intimidation.

The trial continues.

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