The Accused Pleads Case In Her Defence
Salmon, who stands accused of murdering Lorna Stewart in the former
Equilibrium Salon on the Chiswick High Road, broke down in tears
in court as she told how her husband had made her promise to commit
She was so distraught when her husband, Paul, left her for Ms
Stewart, that she tried twice, unsuccessfully, to take her own life.
On one occasion she needed to spend four days in hospital.
Salmon recounted tales of cruel taunting that Paul Salmon had allegedly
subjected her. She said "He told me he had made a lot of mistakes
in his life but the biggest was calling the paramedics. I started
to cry and he said he could see the pain I was in and he would look
after the kids and I would be better off if I did it again.”
He then asked her if she would promise to try again and she said
"Yes, I promise I will do it today".
Rena Salmon explained that she drove from the family home to Hungerford
Common and took an overdose of pills after which she sent a text
message to her children saying she would "look down on them
She was found by police and woke up in hospital "I told them
I didn't want to live and would do it again. I didn't want to be
alive, there was no point," she said.
She went on to tell how her estranged husband taunted her with his
new relationship and how Lorna Stewart had rang her late at night
to say "I just want you to know I'm really happy with Paul
and we are going to try for a baby."
Sobbing, she told the court that her life had ended at the moment
she was told of the affair between her husband and Ms Stewart adding
that "Paul was the first person to ever love me - that was
The case continues.
May 13, 2003
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