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Chilling moment killer Christopher Cullen confessed to knifing his Irish wife Victoria

This is the chilling moment that convicted murderer Christopher Cullen confessed to killing his Northern Irish wife.

Victoria Comrie Cullen (39) was brutally stabbed 18 times and found with her throat cut, her nose broken, her face badly beaten and her clothes soaked in blood.

The video footage captures the immediate aftermath of Cullen's arrest for her murder on January 22 last year, when he had emerged from mangroves at the crime scene at Taren Point, Sydney.

Cullen is shown shivering underneath an emergency blanket with puffy eyes and stab wounds as he looks at an iPhone filming his confession, just metres away from his estranged wife's dead body.

Detective Senior Constable Richard McNally asks him a series of questions as he sits leaning against a pole by the roadside.

"We had a row," 51-year-old Cullen says.

"We went to court today regarding a civil matter.

"We were talking and she started taunting me with her sex life and I lost control and we had a fight. That's it."

He adds: "I just didn't want to live no more after that."

He confesses to stabbing Ms Cullen with a knife, and also suggests that she stabbed him.

"I lost control. She stabbed me, I stabbed her," Cullen, who is originally from Liverpool, says.

However, during his three-week murder trial the court heard that his wounds were self-inflicted.

The body of the mother-of-three, a beauty therapist who was originally from Bangor, was found face down and slumped over in the car park of a fishing club.

Cullen was found guilty of her brutal murder in the New South Wales Supreme Court two days ago.

The judge had previously denied the Press access to the arrest footage.

But the recording was made public yesterday following the guilty verdict.

In the video, police officers wearing blue gloves can be seen holding Cullen, a former carpenter, steady. His eyes were puffy because he had a punctured lung from a stab wound and air was entering his face, according to reports from the media in Australia.

The dead body of his estranged wife was out of frame but lying on the grass nearby when the mobile phone video was shot.

Mr McNally asks: "Can you verify that the lady on the grass over there is your wife?"

Cullen replies: "Yes."

He tells detectives he didn't know what injuries he inflicted on his victim, before confessing to stabbing her "on her body".

Cullen's sentencing will take place next week.

Belfast Telegraph