A WIFE thought she was ‘going to die’ on the night she stabbed her husband to death after he violently attacked her, a court heard.
Tracey White, told a jury how she kept secret years of violent abuse towards her from husband Alan because she did not want people to judge their marriage.
The school dinner lady wept as she recalled how she stabbed the 49-year-old in the stomach at their home in Bond Street, Rossington,
during a row over her switching off the TV.
White, 42, told Sheffield Crown Court: “I just felt him grab me from behind, I was pushed to the ground, I turned over and he got hold of my hair. He was pulling it really tight, I couldn’t move and then he started hitting me.”
She went on: “I just couldn’t believe it, I got a pasting for turning the telly off, it was stupid, pathetic.
“I thought I was going to die.”
On using the knife, White said she wanted to get something from the drawer to ‘distract’ her husband of 24 years and ‘make him stop’ attacking her.
She said: “I didn’t know what I had got in my hand, I never took my eyes off Alan.”
The incident happened after the pair, who have two children Michael, 21, and 22-year-old Amy, had been on a night out at Rossington Labour Club a week before Christmas. White told the hearing that they had had a “good time”.
The court heard earlier that day the pair had argued because Mr White had complained about having two pieces of meat on his dinner his wife had cooked.
White said her husband’s mood changed when the former coal miner lost his leg in an industrial accident in 2004.
Police had been called to the home in 2005 and 2006 following disturbances. In 2006 White told the court her husband had tried to strangle her.
She added her husband would drink four cans of beer a day to help him sleep and began smoking marijuana.
Despite calling her ‘some very nasty words’, when asked if she loved him, White replied: “Very much so.”
The court also heard how White would blame herself for the violent attacks.
Mr White was stabbed at about 10.30pm and died shortly afterwards.
When asked how she felt about her husband’s death, White sobbed: “Mortified. I miss him so much.”
White denies murder.
The trial continues.