A MAN standing trial for the murder of his partner of 29 years has entered the witness box today at the start of his defence.
Paul Smart told Teesside Crown Court he does not know what went through his mind when he stabbed Hartlepool fish and chip shop owner Angela Smeaton to death.
The 49-year-old claimed she tried to stab him in the chest with a kitchen knife after an argument between other family members at the Eddleston Walk home on Tuesday, April 15.
Smart said he wrestled the knife off her, but could not remember attacking her.
He said: “I cannot remember a thing after me getting the knife.”
Ms Smeaton died at the scene due to her injuries.
She and her partner had just returned from a wake for her brother.
Smart denied murder, claiming loss of self-control.
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