Woman jailed for fatally stabbing her partner | Blue Mountain Gazette
A woman who fatally stabbed her partner in the chest after a night at an RSL in Melbourne said she wanted him to show her some respect.
Bree Dellamarta is due to serve at least five years in prison for the manslaughter of Mark Ward, 55, at her Heidelberg West home in January 2020.
Dellamarta, 43, had been upset by Mr Ward’s time at home, instead of her own, and told police he had called her by offensive and hurtful names.
She told the police that she did not feel physically threatened or that she did not want to hurt him. Instead, she wanted him to stop being mean and give her some respect.
Dellamarta, who has an intellectual disability and cannot read or write, was jailed Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Victoria for up to seven and a half years.
Judge Lesley Taylor said Dellamarta “got angry” with her naked, helpless and vulnerable partner in the middle of the night.
“You overreacted to the feelings of pain and anger you were having over Mr Ward’s assault,” the judge also said.
Everything had gone well when the couple met the Dellamarta family at a local RSL a few hours before. Mr. Ward won on the slot machines.
The couple returned to Dellamarta and Mr. Ward went to bed.
He got up again around midnight and an argument, loud enough for a neighbor to hear, began in the kitchen.
Dellamarta called the triple zero immediately after plunging the knife 100mm into his partner’s chest so that it went through his heart.
Police and paramedics found Mr. Ward in a pool of blood. He had no pulse and was not breathing.
His ex-wife, daughter and siblings shared their pain and disbelief at his death in court.
Judge Taylor admitted Dellamarta had remorse and that his persistent depression and disability would make his time in prison more difficult.
She was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
She has already spent 466 days in custody and will become eligible for parole after five years.
Australian Associated Press