A Sydney woman has been cleared of trying to murder her ex-husband, who says he was stabbed after she tricked him into closing his eyes during a game of hide-and-seek with their son.
A NSW District Court jury on Friday found the woman not guilty of attempted murder and of less serious alternative charges relating to the stabbing at her Neutral Bay home in September 2015.
Her barrister, John Korn, contended she stabbed him unintentionally during a fight after she lost her glasses and blindly wielded the knife in self-defence.
Her ex-husband testified that he had gone to her home to collect their four-year-old son, who was due to stay with him for a few days.
But he said his ex-wife, who was pregnant to her new partner at the time, tricked him into closing his eyes as part of a game of hide-and-seek with their son.
He broke down as he described how she gave him a tea towel to cover his face for the game before he opened his eyes after feeling a warm liquid flowing down his neck.
He saw her with a knife, screaming: "You'll never take (the boy) away from me."
He denied defence claims that he had attacked her, but Mr Korn submitted the ex-husband had lied on crucial issues.
During the trial, a detective testified that there was so much blood in the hallway of the house that she had to tiptoe to get through it.
Detective Senior Constable Nicole Turner said the accused woman appeared to have been crying.
"I noticed that the female had two lumps on her forehead and a bruise developing on her right cheek area," she said.
Det Sen Const Turner testified the woman told police she had stabbed her ex-husband once during the fight and had afterwards locked herself in the bathroom.
The woman's new partner also told the jury they were expecting their first child and she was "very happy" with her new love.
"There was nothing in our life that was not going well," he said.