Witness says deadly knife attack was 'terrifying'

UPDATE:

VERONICA Hudson has just pleaded not guilty to murdering her partner on Boxing Day last year. Hudson, 41, broke down this morning as witnesses gave evidence during day two of the committal mention in the Bendigo Magistrates Court. The court heard from a forensic physician and police informant detective senior constable Tony Hupfeld. 

** The Bendigo Advertiser incorrectly reported in today's paper that Hudson pleaded guilty to the murder charge yesterday.

EARLIER:

By Josh Fagan

WITNESSES have described a "terrifying"stabbing at Bendigo's Prince Wales Showgrounds during the committal hearing of a Bendigo woman charged with the murder of her partner on Boxing Day last year.

Veronica Hudson, 41, faced Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday, accused of stabbing her partner, a 55-year-old Bendigo man.

The man’s body was found on the afternoon of December 26 at a temporary campsite set up in the showgrounds.

Fellow camper Patricia Hineberg was one of the witnesses in court yesterday. She said that shortly after the attack she saw Hudson pacing up and down, panicking.

“I saw a woman walking around the upper level. She was holding something in her hand, yelling out ‘I’m sorry, I’ve killed him, I’m sorry, I’ve killed him’.”

Ms Hineberg said she had been camping near Hudson and her partner, and had witnessed an ongoing dispute between the two.

She told the court there had been a lot of arguments, swearing and physical abuse between the pair in the days before the attack.

Ms Hineberg said on Boxing Day she saw Hudson jump on top of her partner, clutching something that resembled a knife.

“I looked out the window and saw the lady push the gentleman and he fell backwards and she jumped on top of him and sat on top of him... she was just stabbing and stabbing, it went on for quite some time,” she said.

Ms Hineberg said she was distressed by the “terrifying” attack and said she screamed out to her husband, who called police.

Defence lawyer Jane Dixon SC said the evidence showed the man had died from a single stab wound to the chest.

A teary Hudson broke down in court as witnesses were questioned over their statements.

The hearing continues today.

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