An Irish woman who stabbed her tradesman partner to death previously wounded him after an incident at their home, a court has heard.
Killer Cathrina Cahill sat quietly as details of her violent past were heard, ahead of being sentenced for the manslaughter of her fiancé David Walsh, 29.
The 27-year-old Irishwoman last week pleaded guilty to the charge after it was downgraded from murder, for Walsh’s stabbing death in February 2017.
Killer Cathrina Cahill (pictured) sat meekly as details of her violent past were heard, ahead of being sentenced for the manslaughter of her fiancé David Walsh (pictured)
Cahill stabbed her tradesman partner to death previously wounded him after an incident at their home
The parents of Cathrina Cahill, Rita Cahill (second from left) and Daniel Cahill (second from right) are seen with supporters outside the New South Wales Supreme Court on Thursday
In the New South Wales Supreme Court on Thursday, Judge Peter Johnson admitted the pair’s relationship had been ‘volatile’ on ‘both sides’.
It was then revealed Cahill had a previous conviction for being violent toward the father-of-four.
In April 2016, Cahill was convicted of recklessly wounding Mr Walsh, 29, following an incident at their Sydney home and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.
Cahill was due to face a murder trial in the NSW Supreme Court on October 23, but the charge was downgraded to manslaughter.
She then pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of substantial impairment by abnormality of the mind.
She fatally stabbed Mr Walsh in the neck with a bottle following an argument outside their home in Padstow, in Sydney’s south-west on February 17 last year.
The pair had been engaged for just five weeks.
Cahill (pictured leaving court on October 22) and Mr Walsh were both from County Wexford in southeastern Ireland
The court heard that Mr Walsh displayed ‘controlling, degrading, psychologically damaging and violent behaviour’ in the weeks leading up to his death