An Australian man has confessed to stabbing his wife to death.
Christopher Cullen, 51, was on Tuesday found guilty of murdering Victoria Comrie Cullen, 39, his wife.
The accused was found slumped against a pole wrapped in a foil blanket, and unrecognisable because he was suffering from multiple stab wounds including a punctured lung which had pushed the air to to his facial skin - swelling his eyes so much that he could barely see.
The detectives immediately started firing questions at Cullen - beginning with asking if he knew he was under arrest for the murder of his wife to which he simply replied: 'Yes'.
Then when asked what had occurred he went onto explain that the pair had attended court that day regarding a civil matter.
'We were talking and she started taunting me with her sex life and I lost control and we had a fight - that's it,' he said.
When probed further, Cullen revealed the chilling truth of what had just occurred.
'We had a fight … she stabbed me and I stabbed her,' he said.
Cullen claimed that he had acted in self defence and was provoked when he attacked Ms Comrie Cullen, originally from Bangor in Northern Ireland, on January 22, 2014 in Sydney's south.
But the jury thought otherwise as they took only a day of deliberation to find Cullen guilty of murdering the mother of his three children.
When the verdict was given at the Supreme Court on Tuesday supporters of Ms Comrie Cullen cried with joy and relief at the decision.
Her battered body was later found by a passer-by at Taren Point fishing club, folded over with her face to the grass in a ‘Muslim praying position’.
She had a broken nose, bruised eyes and 18 sharp force injuries, including two neck wounds that had cut down to her vertebrae.
The court heard the pair's almost 12-year marriage had been disintegrating in the lead up to the killing and ended with her death.
Christina Accrual, who owned the Sydney salon where Comrie worked, told the trial the beauty therapist had complained of a ‘consistently loveless’ marriage with Cullen, which allegedly involved him forcing himself on her ‘when he wanted it’.