An eight-year-old Staffordshire girl repeatedly dialled 999 to tell police: “My mummy’s just been stabbed,” a court heard.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were played one of three calls the child made to the emergency services asking for help for her mother Tracey Downer.
Mrs Downer, aged 40, was found dying from a single knife wound to her chest during the early hours of June 21 last year.
Her husband of 64 days, Simon Downer, 32, of Tinkers Green Road, Wilnecote, Tamworth, has denied murder.
At the trial’s opening, the jury was played video evidence of police interviews with the girl following the incident.
Sunk into a sofa and playing with her hair, she described how she had been watching her favourite cartoon DVD in her pyjamas when Downer told her: “Your mum’s had an accident.”
She told police: “He said while mum was in the kitchen, she was using a knife and somehow she cut herself. I said ‘what are we going to do?’”
Finding her mother slumped on a sofa, naked and with a towel draped over her, the youngster decided to call the emergency services as she “got really worried”.
She telephoned three times in total but said Downer told her she “did not need to call 999” if her mother was alright.
During his opening statement, Adrian Redgrave QC, prosecuting, told jurors the family had spent an “amicable afternoon together”, getting fish and chips and watching television before the alleged incident later that day.
He told the jury Downer had been on licence from a six-year prison sentence for an attack on a former partner and was alleged to have told his new wife during an argument: “Did you see what I done to the last one?”
The court heard Downer met his future wife when he absconded from an open prison in 2007 and the two formed a friendship.
He returned to prison but was released on April 17 last year and they married the following day.
A post-mortem examination revealed a mouth injury and bruising to Mrs Downer’s arms and shoulder.
In a police interview following the incident, Downer was said to have told officers that his wife had suffered a miscarriage on the day she died.
He said could not remember what had happened that evening.