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The woman accused of stabbing a man to death on the Lower Richmond Road earlier this month is a student at the University of Roehampton.

After an appearance at the Old Bailey, 27-year-old Blaze Wallace has been remanded in custody until October when she will face trial for the murder of her fiancé, 34-year-old Samuel Mayo. No plea was entered at the hearing.

She was studying for a post-graduate degree in Human Rights and Legal Practise after having obtained a law degree from St Mary’s University in Twickenham in 2017.

The couple had only been engaged for a month when Mr Mayo was stabbed on Monday 18 July in Mortlake at around 9.45pm. The cause of death was a knife wound to his chest.

He had been seen running across the road near Mortlake Green Park shouting for an ambulance when he collapsed against a wall. Members of the public came to his assistance, using towels to try and stem the bleeding.

Police officers arriving at the scene recognised him a habitual drug user who often was seen begging around the Tesco Express store and in the vicinity of Mortlake train station.

He was taken to Kingston Hospital but pronounce dead less than an hour later.

Witnesses reported hearing an altercation between Ms Wallace and Mr Mayo earlier that evening. They had lived together in a one-bedroom flat in the vicinity for six months and she was overheard telling Mr Mayo to ‘pack his bags and leave’ 45 minutes before he was stabbed.

Ms Blaze was arrested at he flat a few hours later and will remain in prison until 11 October when a plea hearing is scheduled at the Old Bailey.

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July 27, 2022

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