Just two months after her husband was found dead on the couch she’d banished him to, a widow has found love with his brother.
Mother-of-three Ashley Murrell spoke about how she and her husband of seven years, Mikey, had been fighting over the amount of hours he was working at his carpet cleaning business.
Unaware he had been working extra hours to save for a surprise anniversary trip to Prague, Ashley banished the 36-year-old Somerset father to the couch.
On May 16 she woke to find her husband dead in the lounge room.
The post-mortem reportedly came up “inconclusive”, but Ms Murrell claims Mikey choked in his sleep.
“I felt so guilty. I was so angry with myself for making him sleep on the sofa. I still find it so hard to think that my last words to him were out of anger,” Ashley told News Corp.
“When I found out he’d been saving to take us on an anniversary holiday it was awful — heartbreaking doesn’t begin to cover it.”
Since Mikey’s death, his brother Chris Murrell has stepped in, with friends of the family saying their newfound love doesn’t diminish Ashley’s relationship with her late husband.
“Chris and Ashley have been through so much but they have really been there for each other. It’s strange how from something so awful, something good can happen. They are really happy together,” a friend told News Corp.
“They’ve had so much hate and negativity because of their relationship but them being together doesn’t change how Ashley felt about Mikey.
“Chris has been a huge support for Ashley and he’s great with the kids. It’s funny how these things work out.”