Alleged Sydney Wife Killer Claims He Acted In Self-Defence
An accused murderer has spent his first night in prison after a court was told he acted in self-defence before killing his wife in their Sydney home.
Altaf Hossain, 49, is accused of murdering his wife Syeda Nirupama in their Minto home between 3.09am and 4am on Sunday.
He allegedly said "I killed her" to people he later invited into his house and to police, Senior Sergeant Leesa McEvoy told a Sydney court.
"He has made full admissions to killing his wife," she told Parramatta Bail Court on Monday.
"That presumption (of innocence) is ... out the window."
Hossain had wounds to his right palm and left hand and would argue at trial he acted in self-defence, his barrister told the court.
"One of the first things he said to police was 'She did this one', gesturing with his hands," Zemarai Khatiz said.
Registrar Kevin Lamond refused Hossain bail, noting even if the murder charge was successfully defended, he would likely be convicted of manslaughter and be held in custody.
A family friend outside court cried as he told reporters the death was a shock to the local community.
Neighbour Khadija Sarker said Ms Nirupama didn't "deserve this death".