A millionaire property tycoon accused of murdering his partner during an S&M session would regularly enjoy “rough s*x” with her and smacking her bottom with a belt, a court heard. John Broadhurst, 40, is accused of murdering Natalie Connolly, 26, at their home in Kinver, West Mids., in the early hours of December 18, 2016. The mum-of-one was found naked except for a skirt rolled up to her waist at the foot of the staircase in a pool of blood having suffered over 40 injuries. Broadhurst allegedly battered her to death following a drug and booze-fuelled sadomasochistic sex session. A court heard he may have attacked Natalie to “teach her a lesson” after discovering she had been messaging other men behind his back – sending one topless photos Broadhurst is currently on trial at Birmingham Crown Court where he denies murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Today it emerged the couple first started an affair while Broadhurst was in a relationship with another woman. Natalie’s twin sister Gemma Andrews, 26, gave evidence and told the jury how the couple had been “smitten” together. She also recalled the moment she received a phone call from her mother to inform her that her sister had died. Tearfully giving evidence, she said: “That sent me into total shock. I was aware John Broadhurst had been arrested. “She was very open with me about her relationships with men. We were twin sisters. I was born two minutes before her. June or July 2016 is when they started their relationship. They first started texting each other.
“Natalie used to go on business meetings to meet John Broadhurst – sometimes in Manchester, sometimes Scotland. I was aware he was still in another relationship at the time. Natalie and John were keeping their relationship quiet.