14 Feb 2020

Woman tells jury she stabbed abusive partner to protect son

From Checkpoint, 5:06 pm on 14 February 2020

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A woman on trial for murdering her abusive partner has told a jury she was protecting her son when she stabbed him.

Karen Anne Ruddelle is on trial in the High Court at Auckland accused of murdering Joseph Ngapera in their Manurewa home in 2018.

On Friday the 58-year-old told the jury about falling in love with Mr Ngapera and what happened the night she killed him.

RNZ court reporter Anneke Smith filed this report.