'I killed her': Man admits to slaying wife, saying he acted in self defence

An accused murderer made full admissions to killing his wife in their Sydney home but will argue he acted in self-defence, a court has been told.

Altaf Hossain, 49, is accused of murdering his wife Syeda Nirupama in their Minto home between 3.09am and 4am on Sunday.

The accused killer showed his heavily bandaged hands to Parramatta Bail Court on Monday as his barrister argued the 49-year-old would defend the murder charge against him and deserved both bail and the presumption of innocence.

Altaf Hossain pictured with his wife Syeda Nirupama. Source: Facebook

Police opposed bail, arguing the Bengali-speaking Australian citizen posed a "huge flight risk" if released and had already made admissions.

"In presence of police and people (at his) house at his invitation, (he said) I killed her," Senior Sergeant Leesa McEvoy told the court.

"That presumption is ... out the window."

The court was not told how police allege Ms Nirupama died.

Hossain's barrister Zemarai Khatiz said his client had no prior convictions, no recorded matters of violence and had strong community ties though his Australian citizenship and family.

He stressed self-defence would be an issue at trial for the "powerful, subjective" case.

Police tape off the Minto home on Sunday. Source: Nine News

"One of first things he said to police was 'She did this one', gesturing with his hands," Mr Khatiz told the court.

The accused had stated to police he was suffering from mental health issues, the court heard.

Registrar Kevin Lamond said if the murder charge was defended on self-defence, there was a strong likelihood Hossain would be convicted of manslaughter and would face a custodial sentence.

The accused killer was remanded in custody ahead of a scheduled court appearance on April 30 at Campbelltown Local Court.

A family friend outside court cried as he told reporters the death was a shock.

"They are good couple, good family."

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