“I JUST grabbed the knife…
“Just to kind of scare him. I wasn’t thinking I was going to use it.”
It is a day Jessica Silva tries desperately to forget.
But three years on she said it still feels like yesterday and she knows that only by talking about it will she finally be free.
“He really made me believe that he was coming to kill me.”
In an interview with 60 Minutes, the 27-year-old opened up about the day she stabbed to death her estranged partner James Polkinghorne, 28, in the street outside her family’s Marrickville home in Sydney’s inner west.
Ms Silva admits her character was broken by years of domestic abuse and she carries guilt and remorse for the way the events of Mother’s Day 2012 unfolded.
A jury found her not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and a judge sentenced her to time already served.
Now her lawyer says she shouldn’t have been charged with anything and that he will seek a full acquittal in the Court of Criminal Appeal.
This is categorised as “exonerated”, even though technically there is no full acquittal yet.