Wife ‘stabbed her husband through the heart after he called her “fat, useless and ugly”‘


A WIFE stabbed her husband through the heart after he called her “fat, useless and ugly”, a court heard.

Karine Atay, 42, cracked after suffering years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of her Turkish businessman hubby Atakan Atay, 45, the jury was told.

Karine Atay, 42, killed her husband after he called her 'fat, useless and ugly', a court heard
Karine Atay, 42, killed her husband after he called her ‘fat, useless and ugly’, a court heard

She attacked him when he locked her into the house to prevent her going out to buy a bottle of wine, it was said.

The mum plunged a 5in kitchen knife into his chest, piercing his heart just below a tattoo which read: “Sophie My Endless Love”, Newcastle crown court was told.

Her trial has heard that the couple’s three-year-old daughter Sophie died in 2010 from the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Atakan managed to call the emergency services after the attack last October but could only utter: “999 please” before his breathing became laboured and he was unable to talk.

Atay could be heard in the background saying: “I would never hurt you, stay with me, stay with me”.

After she was arrested Atay told detectives that Atakan, her husband of almost 20 years, was controlling and violent.

And a witness told her murder trial that Atakan was prone to losing his temper “quite a lot” and would hit his wife, leaving her with facial bruising.


The witness, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said: “She told me they weren’t caused by (Atakan) but I knew they were.”

The witness also said they had seen Atakan strangling Atay, would complain if Atay had not done things around the house the way he wanted them done and could be verbally abusive.

The witness said: “He said she was fat and useless and ugly.”

The trial has heard that Atay had a drink problem and would regularly down bottles of wine at home.

Prosecutor John Elvidge QC said that on the night of the attack Atay’s “craving for alcohol” led her to try and leave the matrimonial home.

He said: “There was a confrontation but not a grave one until she chose to pick up a knife and use it against her unarmed husband, deliberately and unlawfully stabbing him more than once, delivering a fatal wound that penetrated into his heart and caused his death.”

Mr Elvidge added that when she was quizzed by detectives she said her husband had “subjected her to years of verbal and physical aggression and abuse, had sought to control and degrade her, and attempted to police her drinking.”

He added: “In drink she could be volatile, confrontational, aggressive and threatening.”

Atay, 42, denies murdering Atakan at their home in Birtley, Gateshead, on the night of October 18 last year.

The trial continues.


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