Woman stabbed husband 'after he was violent towards family'

A 36-year-old woman stabbed her husband at their home in Cork on New Year’s Eve after he was violent towards the family, it was claimed today as she was put on trial for his manslaughter.

A 36-year-old woman stabbed her husband at their home in Cork on New Year’s Eve after he was violent towards the family, it was claimed today as she was put on trial for his manslaughter.

Dilorom Sulaymanov, aged 35, is accused of the manslaughter of her husband, Abduazim Sulaymanov, aged 39, at 7 Pinewood, Ballinlough Road, Cork. He was stabbed on December 31, 2006, and died seven days later.

Evidence was given that the deceased was violent and attempted to choke his son and daughter with bootlaces during a violent incident a week before New Year’s Eve.

Pearse Sreenan, barrister, said the prosecution accepted that the defendant was provoked and he said this was why she was not charged with murder. He explained to the jury that provocation was not an excuse for manslaughter.

"On New Year’s Eve, Dilorom went to town with her mother and two children to see the fireworks. She received phone calls from her husband to come home. Evidence will be that the phone calls were somewhat abusive. As soon as she came home her husband confronted her in a violent way and confronted her children and mother, verbally and physically.

"During the course of this altercation, he pushed Dilorom’s mother to the ground, he also assaulted the two children. He caught Dilorom and pushed her against the glass door and pulled some hair from her head.

"Dilorom’s mother, Viwaliqmelivazi Yevar, and the daughter ran out, they left the premises. Left inside was Dilorom, her husband and young son. The evidence will be that Dilorom took a knife from the kitchen block and went upstairs with her son and stabbed her husband.

"The Gardaí arrived at the house almost simultaneously. They saw Dilorom and her husband grappling. The parties were separated. Everyone was taken to hospital," Mr Sreenan said.

The case continues before Judge Con Murphy and the nine women and three men of the jury tomorrow.

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