A grieving woman visited the bathing spot where her ex-boyfriend was ‘murdered’ a week after his death, a court heard.

Irene Hidalgo waded into the water in Parsons Pleasure - where Jorge Carreno's body was discovered - to  “figure out how deep it was”.

She told the court about the visit on the second day of a trial at Oxford Crown Court into the death of her former partner.

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Scarlet Blake, 25, is accused of murdering Mr Carreno after meeting him on a night-out in Oxford on July 24, 2021.

Ms Hidalgo, who took to the stand as a witness, was in a relationship with Mr Carreno for around four years.

The pair, who were both Spanish, met in Sevilla in 2017 through a dating app and moved to Oxford together in 2019.

They lived together and both worked at the BMW plant in Cowley.

Despite breaking up in February 2021, five months before Mr Carreno’s death, the pair remained close friends.
thisisoxfordshire: Parsons Pleasure, a bathing spot in University Parks, where Mr Carreno was found deadParsons Pleasure, a bathing spot in University Parks, where Mr Carreno was found dead A week after Mr Carreno was found dead, Ms Hidalgo visited Parsons Pleasure, a bathing spot in University Parks, and entered the river.

"I was a little bit out of my mind. I took off my shoes and went into the water to figure out how deep it was," she told the court.

"People were talking about an accident and I was trying to work out how Jorge couldn't get out of that place."

Ms Hidalgo broke into tears and had to pause several times while speaking at the dock.

The trial continues.