Husband Claims 'Self Defence' After The Alleged Stabbing Death Of His Wife
Altaf Hossain has been denied bail after admitting to stabbing his wife to death.
Syeda Hossain was found dead in her south-west Sydney home on the Morning of Easter Sunday.
Her husband, Altaf, was arrested at the scene and charged with her murder.
On Monday, he fronted Parramatta Bail Court wearing a white gown and with heavily bandaged hands. He had his application for bail denied.
Hossain's lawyer, Zemari Khatiz, argued his defendant had acted in "self-defence" when he stabbed his wife, pointing at Hossain's bandaged hands.
Khatiz also argued the length of time before a judgment would be given would be at least 15 to 18 months, and he needed to look after his children, aged nine and seven.
Hossain has no prior convictions and Khatiz said he has "strong ties" in the community.
However, the prosecution disagreed and claimed he is a "huge" flight risk.
“I don’t know if this would be a good idea for this man to be in charge of his children given his response to an argument with his wife," prosecutors said.
It also said that Hossain has made "full admissions" to killing his wife, and self-defence had not been proved yet.
"That presumption of innocence is ... out the window," Senior Sergeant Leesa McEvoy told the court.
The magistrate denied bail and said it would be "doubtful" Hossain would keep custody of his children before the child and agreed he would be a flight risk.
The matter will be mentioned at Campbelltown Local Court on April 30.