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Killer was 'floating' during stabbing

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016 Andi Yu

A man who found his partner in his bed with her lover has told a court he had an out-of-body experience as he stabbed the man to death.

Roy Tabalbag, 31, killed chef Amin Sthapit in November 2013 when he found him in bed with his partner Geecy Rebucas, but denies that it was murder because witnessing the affair caused him to suspend normal reasoning.

"I was in front of him and then, it's just looking at myself in either the second or third person, swinging the knife," Tabalbag told his NSW Supreme Court murder trial on Friday.

He stabbed Mr Sthapit multiple times and left him to die in a pool of blood, the court heard.

Tabalbag said he'd been secretly tracking Ms Rebucas' iPhone every day for a week because he suspected she was having an affair.

On the morning of the killing, she texted to say she was at TAFE, but Tabalbag checked her iPhone's location on the Where's My iPhone app and found she was still at home.

Deciding to investigate what Ms Rebucas was up to, Tabalbag told his boss he needed to go home to let a fire safety inspector into his house.

As he approached the front door, Tabalbag described having a "floating sensation", a "racing heart" and "chills", and wasn't sure if he was walking or running out of fear of what he might find.

As soon as he saw Ms Rebucas naked with Mr Sthapit, he said he felt "rage" and "anger", and "lost my head".

"I can see myself swinging (the knife) but actually connecting it, I don't remember," he said.

"You knew you'd caused him serious injury?" crown prosecutor Braddon Hughes SC asked.

"I don't know," the accused replied.

"(It was) still that feeling of someone trying to control you, pushing you ... but you don't actually have control."

"You felt terribly let down by Geecy's affair, didn't you?" Mr Hughes asked.

"No, Mr Crown, I didn't mean to hurt anyone, let alone kill someone on that day," he said.

After the stabbing, Tabalbag drove to see a family member who persuaded him to turn himself in to police.

Tabalbag broke into heavy sobs as he described the moment detectives told him Mr Sthapit was dead.

"It was a heavy feeling of the world's weight on your shoulders," he said.

Tabalbag has no criminal history in Australia or the Philippines, where he's from, and is university educated, the court heard.

Tabalbag told the court he'd forgiven himself.

"It was hard Mr Crown, given I have let down everyone - God, me, and everyone who lost in respect to Amin... it is hard when someone dies.

"It pains me much to think about it that, especially family, friends and inmates - they can see I am not a violent person."

The jury is expected to deliver its verdict on Monday.

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