THIS is the chilling 999 call made by convicted murderer Paul Smart, where he told police: “I’ve stabbed my wife.”
The 49-year-old was this morning found guilty of killing his common-law wife Angela Smeaton, 50, after a week-long trial at Teesside Crown Court.
He was jailed for life, with a recommendation he serves at least 15 years before being considered for parole.
After the trial, Cleveland Police released the chilling recording of the call he made after stabbing Ms Smeaton 12 times.
The couple had just attended the funeral and wake of her brother Martin, and had a furious row after returning to their home in Eddleston Walk, Hartlepool.
Smart admitted being responsible for Ms Smeaton’s death, but denied murder on the grounds of loss of self-control.
The steel worker claimed Ms Smeaton tried to stab him first with a kitchen knife, but the prosecution said he was lying.
He told the trial he could not remember anything after wrestling the blade out of her hand.
In the 999 call, Smart tells the handler matter-of-factly: “I’ve just stabbed my wife. She’s on the floor and there’s a ****** of blood all over the floor.
“She’s still moving. She’s still breathing. I’ve stabbed her. we’ve had an argument.
He gives the handler their address and gets irate when he asks him repeat it, and then goes to the toilet.
When he resumes the call, Smart elaborates on what’s happened.
“She’s in the dining room. She’s still moving. There’s a possibility she’s still alive.
“Are you still alive love? Angela, Angela, are you still ... howah... no ... she’s probably dead now.
“I’m not kidding you here like, there’s just a ******* mass pool of blood. There’s been a funeral and there’s been arguments over my son.
“My fault, my fault, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
“I’ve just killed my ******* wife who I’ve been with 29 years. It’s ******* disgraceful.”
He admits he’s been drinking, and says: “She’s not going to survive. There’s that much blood.
“I don’t know where I’ve stabbed her. I think it was in the neck and everything.
“Oh **** me, what have I done?”