A MOTHER-OF-FOUR repeatedly broke down in tears as she told detectives about the night she stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife during a row.
A jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday began listening to a series of interview recordings made by officers after 34-year-old Julie Harris was re-arrested after the death of Graham Carter.
The 46-year-old had been stabbed by Harris at their home in Brighouse, in December last year.
Three weeks later he had to be re-admitted to hospital. While there he suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of an infection, which the prosecution say was caused by the stab wound to his back.
Harris, of Smith House Close, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Carter and yesterday the jury heard details of the problems caused in their relationship by his drinking.
When told by a detective that a post- mortem showed the stab wound had caused Mr Carter's death a tearful Harris replied: "I don't agree with that. I think the hospital's done something wrong. I've been looking after him."
In the interview, Harris said she had had a relationship with Mr Carter for 16 years, but she described him as two different people because of his drinking.
"He drank when I first knew him but in moderation," she said. "He just started drinking and getting all possessive. I wasn't allowed to go anywhere."
She described how Mr Carter would accuse her of seeing other men and said it was mental torture.
On the night of the stabbing, Mr Carter had been out drinking and after he returned home, Harris went out to collect her son from a school disco.
"I was hoping he was going to go to sleep but when I got back he was madder than ever," she said. "I just couldn't cope with it and I was just, like, please shut up . . . go to bed. Go to sleep."
As the argument developed she said she grabbed the knife in the kitchen because she was scared for herself and the children.
She tearfully described how they got into a scuffle and added: "He was coming towards me as if he was going to hurt me . . . goading me all the time. I was just scared . . . protecting myself really."
She said after the stabbing she ran out the house in shock, but later returned and Mr Carter, who was sitting on the settee, said he was OK.
Harris said she then called the police and an ambulance.
The trial continues.