THE chilling moment a killer rang police and confessed to stabbing his girlfriend to death was played to a jury.
Graham Gibson dialled 999 on his mobile telephone around half-an-hour after he killed Christine Henderson.
People in the public gallery wept as the recording of the call was played to the jury at Teesside Crown Court.
Gibson, 47, made the call at 12.47am on July 2 this year, around half-an-hour after he struck the fatal blows.
Mrs Henderson had left the house she shared with Gibson in Kent Avenue, Hartlepool, around a week earlier after splitting up from him.
But he followed her to the Brambles Farm area of Middlesbrough where Mrs Henderson, 50, was staying with a friend.
In the 20 second-long call to police, Gibson, who is on trial for murder, asked officers to go to Cherwell Terrace where he had stabbed Mrs Henderson multiple times with an 11 inch-long kitchen knife.
He said: “I’ve stabbed my girlfriend to death”.
The police operator replied: “You’ve done what, sorry?”
“I’ve stabbed my girlfriend and she is dead”, said Gibson.
Gibson gave his first name, but refused to give his surname, adding: “I’m just saying go to 17 Cherwell Terrace, she’s lied on the kitchen floor.
“I’m going to the bobby shop myself to hand myself in”.
Police rushed to the house where Mrs Henderson was found on the floor with fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A police inspector rang Gibson back and he gave a brief description of the clothes he was wearing and claimed again that he was on the way to the police station.
Gibson hung up and was not arrested until 13 hours later. He had been seen near a police station by a police officer.
Earlier on Monday the trial heard from Darryl Fawcett, who had bumped into Gibson in the street shortly after the killing.
He said: “He was smiling as if nothing had happened”.
Shocking details of Mrs Henderson’s horrendous injuries were also described to the jury by pathologist Dr Mark Egan.
She had suffered eight stab wounds and three slash wounds to her head, neck and chest and a slash on one of her palms.
The jury was shown computer images of the injuries on her body.
Gibson, of Kent Avenue, admits killing Mrs Henderson but denies murder, claiming a defence of loss of control.
The trial continues.