Woman to face trial for murder

A WOMAN who stabbed her partner to death outside their Goonellabah home last year will stand trial for murder.

At Lismore Local court yesterday, Magistrate R. Denes set the matter down for trial in the Supreme Court in Sydney on July 6.

She said during the trial the jury would have the option of convicting the 33-year-old mother on the alternative of manslaughter.

The court heard the woman and her 43-year-old partner had an extensive history of domestic violence dating back 14 years.

The woman's son told the court his father, who hadn't been living at the house for a number of weeks, approached his mother on April 27 after drinking all day as he suspected she was sleeping with another man.

He said earlier in the day his father had threatened to "burn the house down" and "bash his mother" for sleeping with another man.

The woman's son and the deceased man's nephew said during an argument between the pair the man threatened the woman with a scooter before turning his back on her.

It was then she stabbed him in the lower right side of the back before he came at her again and she stabbed him in the heart.

Throughout proceedings the woman cried and sat with her head slumped.

The woman's defence solicitor Hugh van Dugteren argued she was acting in self-defence due to her abusive relationship.



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