& # 39; Mother of the year & # 39; stabbed her husband to death and the police & # 39; a fight out of control & # 39; told
A & # 39; mum of the year & # 39; who stabbed her husband, was caught on a bodycam and told the police that it was & # 39; an out of control argument & # 39 ;.
Helena Karine Atay (42), Atakan Atay (45) cut their hearts at their home in Birtley, Gateshead, on October 18 last year – and was convicted of manslaughter for lack of intention.
After the incident, officers visited the scene and talked to Helena, who initially tried to divert attention from herself, saying that Atakan had enemies and business partners with whom he had fallen – and that she had heard him argue over the phone.
Helena Karine Atay received the & # 39; Mama of the Year & # 39; for her campaign to raise money for daughter Sophie (both pictured on the right) to be treated for neuroblastoma in the US
After Atakan died, she was told that she would be arrested on suspicion of murder and replied: & # 39; Oh really, he's not okay. & # 39;
Sitting on her bed in handcuffs, talking to a police officer, she further says: & # 39; Look, a fight that got out of hand. & # 39;
When asked if that happened, she replies: & # 39; I'm not going to tell you. I'm not a f ****** killer, that's it, and I have to live with that now. & # 39;
The images proved to be a crucial piece of evidence to take into account Atay & # 39; s primary defense – that it acted in self-defense.
Atay previously received the prize & # 39; Mother of the Year & # 39; after her campaign to raise £ 500,000 for her toddler daughter Sophie to be treated for neuroblastoma in the US.
Tragic Sophie lost her fight for life in 2010, when she was only two years old, before she could begin treatment in America, but a family campaign for more research into the disease was brought to Downing Street.
After Atakan died, Helena was told that she would be arrested on suspicion of murder and replied: & # 39; Oh really, he is not okay & # 39;
Atay said to her dying husband & # 39; there is Sophie & # 39 ;, & # 39; we will get you an ambulance. I'm so sorry. I love you so much & # 39;
Heard the Crown Court of Newcastle she stabbed Atakan just under a tattoo with the text & # 39; Sophie, my endless love & # 39 ;.
The businessman could only use the words & # 39; nine nine nine & # 39; while he struggled to breathe during a 17-minute call he made to the emergency services following the attack in court last October.
After he became quiet, his wife, known as Karine, heard him say: & You lie. I would never do that to Atakan. I would never hurt you. & # 39;
She also said to her dying husband & # 39; there is Sophie & # 39 ;, & # 39; we will get you an ambulance. I'm so sorry. I love you so much. & # 39;
Atay, who had business interests in a hotel and supermarket named after the couple's deceased daughter, died after receiving two stab wounds, one of which leaked his heart.
Atay said she and Atakan had protested when she tried to leave the house for more drinking
Atay said in a statement that she was so strangled that she feared that she would faint a year earlier due to an attack by her husband.
She said on the night he was killed, Mr. Atay, and she had a fight when she tried to leave the house for more drinking, that he & # 39; angry & # 39; and kicked her leg and hurt her arm.
Atay claimed that she was & # 39; terrified & # 39; and that her husband would really hurt her & # 39 ;.
She told jurors during the trial that she was staying in marriage because she feared that her husband could take their children back to his native country in Turkey and feared she would survive.
She told the court: & # 39; I was scared, scared of the children who went, scared of how I would survive, I didn't know how I would survive. & # 39;
Prosecutor John Elvidge, QC, claimed that Atay had exaggerated her husband's behavior in the past and that the problems had started that evening because she wanted to drink alcohol.
Mr. Elvidge said the accused mother could be "volatile, confrontational, aggressive and threatening" of alcohol and therefore had trouble in the past.
He said her alcohol problems predate the tragic death of the couple's young daughter.
Mr. Elvidge told jury members: & The Prosecutor says that on the night of October 18 to 18, as on previous occasions, her craving for alcohol led to Karine Atay trying to leave the marital home.
& # 39; There was a confrontation, but not a serious one, until she chose to pick up a knife and use it against her unarmed husband, deliberately and unlawfully stabbing her more than once, inflicting a deadly wound that his heart pierced and caused his death. & # 39;
Atay was acquitted of killing Atakan and convicted of manslaughter for lack of intention.
Jury members heard that she had stabbed him in the heart with a kitchen knife up to the hilt.
Atay is convicted for manslaughter on Friday.
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