July 15, 2008 - 3:40PM
The family of a man, allegedly stabbed to death by his wife, sobbed in court as they heard his last panicked words during a triple-0 phone call.
A recording of the phone call was played during the trial of Danielle Stewart, 32, who is accused of stabbing Chaim Kimel, 55, twice in the torso during an argument in their Rose Bay apartment in August 2006.
During the phone call a female voice can be heard screaming hysterically in the background.
Mr Kimel is heard breathing heavily as he tells the operator: "I've just been stabbed... really badly."
Operator: Is the attacker still nearby?
Mr Kimel: Yes, it's my wife.
Operator: Is there any serious bleeding?
Mr Kimel: Yes, it's serious, it's to the left, to the left of stomach.
Earlier, a witness in the apartment said the argument between the two began after Stewart refused to turn down music she had been listening to on the home computer.
The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he heard screaming from the lounge room and then Mr Kimel say: "Are you crazy? What are you doing?"
He then heard Mr Kimel scream three times "in pain", the court heard.
He then rushed to Mr Kimel to find him clutching at his side and with blood all over his hands.
Stewart was holding an antique decorative knife, which had been displayed on the coffee table.
"You f---ing barred me from the computer," she screamed at Mr Kimel, the court heard.
The witness said that, when Stewart had come home earlier that evening, she appeared drunk and her make-up and clothes were dishevelled.
Their neighbour Maria Lister told the court this morning she had just got out of the shower when she heard "terrible screaming, the worst screaming I have ever heard", coming from the woman.
"She sounded extremely distraught," Ms Lister said.
Another witness, George Hoddle, who had been staying at his girlfriend's apartment, was woken by the argument.
"I remember hearing [the woman] say repeatedly and quite loudly, "Get the f--- out, get the f--- out", Mr Hoddle told the court.
He said shortly after that he heard a man screaming.
Earlier the jury was shown footage from the crime scene, which showed blood spatters over parts of the apartment and common areas of the building.
Stewart turned her head away throughout most of the video.
The trial continues.