The former girlfriend of a man accused of murdering a woman and dumping her body on moors near the M62 told a court of his temper.
Susan Drake said she had been with Adrian Muir for 32 years and was heartbroken when he left her for alleged victim Pamela Jackson last year.
Ms Drake said she “learnt a long time ago not to make him angry” but said he was very protective and she always felt safe.
She told Newcastle Crown Court she felt Muir and Pamela were not right for each other and claimed Pamela told her on Facebook she was a doctor, a clairvoyant and a millionaire.
She also said Muir had texted her saying he had made a mistake by leaving her and begged her to take him back.
Prosecutors claim Muir, of Halifax, murdered 55-year-old grandmother Pamela at her home in Chester-le-Street, County Durham then buried her body 120 miles away on moorland at Ripponden .
Giving evidence from behind screens, Ms Drake said Muir loved going to the moors near their former home in Halifax, where he would go fell running and cycling.
Asked how she felt when Muir left her after meeting Pamela online, she said: “He broke my heart. It’s been terrible, he was my soulmate.”
She told Newcastle Crown Court: “I learnt a long time ago not to make him angry. I didn’t like him when he lost his temper.”
Muir, 50, denies murder. The trial continues