Woman tells police she’s ‘not a killer’ moments after stabbing husband to death

A woman was filmed telling police's she 'wasn't a killer' – minutes after she knifed her husband in the heart at their home last year.

The footage shows Helena Karine Atay, 42, wearing handcuffs in her bedroom as paramedics fought to save her 45-year-old husband Atakan Atay's life on the living room floor downstairs.

When questioned by the police, Atay tried to drive the attention away from herself, saying her husband had enemies and business partners he had fallen out with.

She also claimed to have heard him arguing on the phone, Chronicle Live reports.

However after Atakan had died and she was told she was going to be arrested on suspicion of murder, Atay said: "Look, an argument that got out of hand."

She refused to say more, and told the officer: "I'm not going to tell you. I'm not a f******killer, that's it, and I've got to live with that now."

The footage proved to be a crucial piece of evidence in ruling out that Atay was acting in self-defence.

Atay, 42, was cleared of murdering Atakan, 45, and convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of lack of intent.

The jury hear she stabbed Atakan in the heart with a kitchen knife up to the hilt.

Prosecutors said the attack happened when Atakan was trying to prevent her from leaving the house to buy more wine, it is reported.

Atay is due to be sentenced for manslaughter on Friday.

ChronicleLive  had requested this footage at the end of the trial but Northumbria Police and social services tried to refuse on the grounds it may upset children who were in the house at the time.

However a judge agreed it should be released in line with the principal of open justice.

A spokesperson for the Northumbria Police said: "We will always endeavour to release materials used as part of the prosecution case to the media.

"Alongside our partners, we have a significant role in ensuring their wellbeing and on this occasion we felt releasing the footage, due to the unique circumstances of this case, would have a detrimental impact on this priority.

"We therefore believe it was only right to raise initial concerns at the release of the material.

"We then supported Gateshead Council’s Children’s Services, with their formal representation to the judge in this case.

“The decision to release materials is ultimately in the hands of the judge and we respect the ruling they have made."

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