Victim’s girlfriend on murder charge

Spruce Grove Hucknall
Spruce Grove Hucknall

Tributes have been paid to a Hucknall man who allegedly died from stab wounds after his girlfriend was charged with his murder.

Police were called to Spruce Grove at about 10pm on Wednesday July 29 and found 39-year-old Karl Bloxham with stab wounds. He was rushed to hospital but died later that night.

Karl Bloxham

Karl Bloxham

Ellisha Allen, 28, of Spruce Grove, Hucknall, was originally arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but was subsequently charged with murder.

Poems and floral tributes were left outside the flat in Spruce Grove.

One poem addressed to ‘Son’ said: “To lose someone so special, is really hard to bear/ It hardly seems believable, that you’re no longer there./ You left us far too early, before your time it seems/ And now you never have the chance to fulfil all of those dreams.”

Friends took to Facebook to share their memories of a ‘happy-going’ and ‘kind-hearted’ man.

Joy Swinn said: “He was a good man with a massive heart - he loved his kids and we loved him so let him rest in peace.”

Darren Lambley said: “I’ve lost a brother and childhood friend! Nobody would have a bad word to say about Karl. He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the fortune to have known.”

Phillip Breward said: “He was always a happy-going man, always up for a laugh, never a dull moment and would do anything for anyone even if it has to put him self out his own way.

“A real kind-hearted man no matter how happy he felt or sad he was, always happy to laugh.”

Jon Petrice said: “Have lost an amazing brother-in-law to a most brutal act and am now holding my wife’s hand through this painful time. Gone but never forgotten Karl Bloggo Bloxham. RIP mate.”

Karl worked at LAC Conveyors Ltd on the Charles Park Industrial Estate in Bulwell.

On Tuesday prosecutor Michael Auty told Nottingham Crown Court he intended to get a psychiatric report.

A plea and directions hearing will be on November 6, and a trial is provisionally set for December 14.

Speaking to the Dispatch last week, one 37-year-old neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I’m really shocked because we don’t have problems around here.

“What has happened is incredibly sad. I didn’t know him well but he was a really nice guy. The police came and taped off the road and the ambulances arrived at around 10pm on Wednesday.

“This sort of thing doesn’t happen on this street – the worst you get is noise from the pub when they’re emptying the bins.”