Husband hid in cupboard then jumped out and stabbed wife's lover, court told
A Sydney man screamed "I'm already dead" when his lover's estranged husband repeatedly stabbed him in the stomach, a court has been told.
Munesh Pravin Goundar, 30, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Rajnesh Singh, 27, on February 11, 2007.
He did plead guilty to manslaughter, claiming Mr Singh provoked him, but the crown has not accepted that plea.
Goundar's wife Diana gave evidence today at his trial in the NSW Supreme Court.
She said Goundar had asked her to invite Mr Singh over to their former marital home in Prestons, in western Sydney.
The Goundars had separated and she had begun a sexual relationship with Mr Singh, she said.
After Mr Singh arrived, Diana said, they went upstairs together, where she saw Goundar crouching in the bedroom cupboard holding a 20cm knife.
"That's when Munesh jumped out and pushed (Mr Singh) ... to the end of the hallway, that's when he stabbed him in the stomach a few times," she said.
She told the court Goundar said Mr Singh had betrayed him and Mr Singh began to scream.
"He was just screaming, saying 'I'm already dead, I'm already dead' as Munesh was stabbing him in the stomach."
Goundar had then asked her to close the windows and curtains downstairs and turn on the radio, which she had done.
When she returned upstairs, she said, she saw Mr Singh sitting on the toilet floor while Goundar stabbed him in the back.
"He lay Rajnesh down on the tiles and started stomping on his head," she said.
As she recounted the killing, Mr Singh's relatives began to sob loudly in court, while Goundar sat in the dock with his head in his hands.
The jury has been told Diana pleaded guilty to Mr Singh's murder and is currently serving jail time.
The trial before Justice David Kirby is continuing.