An Irish woman who killed her fiancé in Sydney has told a judge she did not leave the “controlling and fairly unpleasant” man as she loved him dearly.
“I honestly thought he was going to change,” Cathrina “Tina” Cahill said on Tuesday at her sentence hearing in the NSW Supreme Court.
“He was someone I did love and adore.”
The 27-year-old has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of David Walsh, 29, who she stabbed once in the neck in the early hours of February 18, 2017, at the Padstow home they shared with two other Irish nationals.
Her plea was based on substantial impairment due to an abnormality of the mind.
At the time, she was on a good behaviour bond and the subject of an Apprehended Violence Order issued to protect Mr Walsh, after she was convicted of recklessly wounding him with a glass candle holder in 2015.
Cahill previously gave evidence about his repeated violence, including punching strangers and biting her all over her body, his accusations of her sleeping with other men and his deleting texts from her phone.
Prosecutor Nanette Williams on Tuesday noted Cahill told police, after an AVO was issued against Mr Walsh to protect her, that she held no fears against him.
“I was in fear of getting in more trouble from David if I told the truth,” she said, saying she also wanted to protect him.
She had packed her bags many times to leave him, but Mr Walsh would tell her everything was going to be different.
“He would be making me dinner, buying me flowers, buying me a teddy bear but after two to three weeks it would go back to the way it was.”