A HUSBAND accused of stabbing his wife to death was once made to sign a contract giving her permission to sleep with other people, a court has heard.

David Clark, 49, is accused of flying into a drunken rage before plunging a knife into 44-year-old Melanie Clark’s chest on New Year's Eve.

A jury heard the couple had a turbulent relationship, and South-African born Mrs Clark had once taunted her husband about the size of his genitalia.

She also allegedly had a fling with their friend’s daughter, which led to an argument on the night she was killed.

Emergency services were called to the marital home in Stoke Prior at 11.52am after Mr Clark allegedly told operators: "I've killed my wife."

He is also said to have told the operator that his wife ‘did his head in’.

Mrs Clark, who had four children from a previous relationship, was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

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During a murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court today (Wednesday), Mr Clark had been due to give evidence, but was in an unfit state to do so and the case was adjourned until tomorrow.

The court earlier heard how Mrs Clark had made her husband sign a document which allowed her to see other people during a domestic incident in December 2016.

In a call to police, Mr Clark claimed she had waited for him to take sleeping tablets before forcing him to sign a note stating, "I David Clark give Melanie Clark permission to see other people".

Alisdair Williamson QC, defending, read a text message from Clark to a relative dated December 6, 2016, which stated: "Melanie flipped and threatened to kill me."

He then referenced a 999 call on December 5, 2016, at 10.30pm, in which Mr Clark reported his wife’s threat to kill him.

The call stated: "She said she was going to slash me. I started recording and started to get her to say it again but she realised what I was doing.

"Melanie waited for me to take sleeping pills and then forced me to sign a letter saying 'I David Clark give Melanie Clark permission to see other people'.

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"She made be sign the bottom of the page even though there was a large blank space above."

Mr Williamson said the call was not treated as an emergency by the police.

He asked the officer in the case, Detective Sergeant Mark O'Connor, whether the call would have been treated the same way by police if the caller was a woman.

Det Sgt O'Connor, of West Mercia Police, replied: "I can't say."

Responding to criticism of the police's response, he added: "Considerations at the time would have been due to demand at the time of the call and subsequent risk assessments would have been put in place."

Benjamin Aina QC, prosecuting, said the police had filled out a form to decide the seriousness of the domestic violence allegation, which stated Clark had not been assaulted, was not afraid, and that the abuse was not getting worse.

Reading from a risk assessment document made by officers at the time, Mr Aina said Mrs Clark had tried to "control her husband" and "did not allow him to do the things he wanted to do”.

Clark denies murder. The trial continues.