'I hope you f***ing die, dog': Woman stabs husband to death after he beats her in front of neighbors

Jean-Louise Herholdt allegedly stabbed Sean Murray in the back with a 30 cm knife after a fight that turned ugly

'I hope you f***ing die, dog': Woman stabs husband to death after he beats her in front of neighbors
Jean-Louise Herholdt and husband Sean Murray were heard arguing in an audio that was played in Brisbane Supreme Court Tuesday (Facebook/Louise Murray)
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: A woman was heard in disturbing CCTV audio stabbing her husband to death after he allegedly bashed her during an argument. Jean-Louise Herholdt and her husband Sean Murray were heard yelling at each other and banging doors in the CCTV footage that was played in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, November 15.

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Herholdt allegedly stabbed the father-of-three in the back with a 30 cm knife after getting into a heated altercation at their home in Murrumba Downs, in Brisbane's north. The fight apparently began after Murray allegedly took the cash Herholdt said she had been saving up to leave him.

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As reported by the Courier Mail, the nurse was heard in the audio saying, "I hope you f***ing die, dog," before she allegedly dug the knife into his back. Murray was heard trying to calm his wife down, saying, "No, stop, stop. Stop. Come on," after allegedly bashing her in front of a friend and neighbors. A call to the police played in court revealed Herholdt telling her husband after the stabbing, "I love you, baby. I love you ... you know I'm going to jail for this." Defense barrister Andrew Hoarse gave his client's version of what was happening in the audio footage. "In between those recordings my client was being beaten in her front yard and then dragged back inside," he told the court. 

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Hoare said Murray had been trying to calm his wife down before the police arrived, which he said was his usual practice. The lawyer alleged that Herholdt had been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband for years leading up to the stabbing. The pair tied the knot in 2019 and had two children together. Responding officers revealed that the father of Herholdt's third child had also been staying at the residence at the time of the incident. He allegedly shut the kids into one of the bedrooms so they wouldn't have to witness the fight between their parents.

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Herholdt reportedly administered first aid to her husband after the stabbing and told her former partner to call an ambulance. She claimed that the fight began earlier that day when Murray found a stash of money she had kept secretly in her room. The court heard that Herholdt had planned to use the "nest egg" to start a new life as Murray had financially controlled her. However, the nurse was heard in the audio footage asking her husband where the money was as he lay dying.

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"My client had been subjected to financial constraints for years and isolated from her family and isolated from her friends," Hoare alleged in court, demanding that his client should be immediately released considering she had already spent 27 months in prison. Herholdt was originally charged with murder, but prosecutors accepted a plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter after acknowledging that her act was motivated by anger without the intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to her husband. Justice Peter Davis is expected to hand down a sentence at a later date. 
 

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