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NSW murder accused laughed during split

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016 By Rebekah Ison

A man who fatally stabbed his on-off girlfriend and then turned a knife on himself says he laughed as he broke up with the unfaithful love of his life.

Cherie Vize died after being stabbed in the neck by 27-year-old Michael James Quinn in the yard of his family's Wollongong home in July 2013 but he has pleaded not guilty to her murder.

The crown alleges Quinn, who is a quadriplegic as a result of his self-inflicted wounds, attacked the woman after becoming enraged by messages exchanged with a new lover.

But the alleged murderer has told the NSW Supreme Court he didn't care in the slightest when he realised his girlfriend of around three years was seeing someone else.

"It was such a relief ... that I were able to break from the truly dysfunctional relationship," Quinn on Friday said about the split, which happened around two weeks before Ms Vize died.

"I said to her 'what's his name?'".

Quinn told the court he'd wanted to end things with Ms Vize in 2012 after finding out about another lover but decided against it because she didn't deal well with rejection.

The court heard the pair, who were both artists, continued to see each other in the days after the break up.

Defence barrister Janet Manuell SC asked why he had turned to Ms Vize rather than his parents when his grandfather fell ill two days after she admitted to seeing someone else.

"She's the love of my life," he told the court.

"She's the only person who can ease any pain that's in my head."

The court has previously heard Ms Quinn told her mother that she felt suffocated by the relationship in the months before her death.

In court, Quinn denied being controlling and said it was him that initiated the split.

The court heard he rang Ms Vize around forty times on a day shortly before her death.

"To be objective, it would probably seem obsessive," he said of the number of calls.

The defence says Ms Vize was accidentally stabbed in the neck as she tried to stop Quinn from hurting himself.

The court has previously heard Quinn, who has obsessive compulsive disorder, had planned to kill himself at 25 since he was a child.

The court has previously heard Quinn's mother put her hand to Ms Vize's bleeding neck and tried to keep her upright before emergency services arrived.

Quinn's brother was near as the man stabbed himself in the chest, neck and stomach, the court has heard.

Quinn is expected to continue giving evidence on Monday.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

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