Speaking at an Assize trial in the Royal Court yesterday and fighting back tears as she relived the moment for the first time in public, Maria Caboz was giving evidence against her husband, José Caboz (33), who is accused of trying to murder her.He admits stabbing her but denies trying to kill her, instead saying that it was a frenzied assault.
He also denies committing a grave and criminal assault on her a month earlier when he allegedly tried to force her into a car boot.Caboz stabbed his wife five times in the back as she was trying to walk through her Colomberie front door on 18 April last year.
Afterwards he allegedly ‘left her for dead’ as he fled from the scene, leaving the knife sticking in her back.Giving her evidence through an interpreter, Mrs Caboz refused to look at her husband as he sat among three pri-son officers in the dock.
She said: ‘Every week he would beat me to get money out of me to go drinking or gambling.’The couple had separated and there was a police order on Mr Caboz preventing him from going near his wife, the court heard.
But on 18 April he attacked her with a kitchen knife he had taken from her flat after getting in through a window.The trial, which has more than 70 witness statements to be heard or read, continues.