A WOMAN broken down in tears as she relived the moment that she killed her father, saying 'I didn't want him to die, I love him, I just wanted him to stop'.

Jessica Breeze had been brutally attacked by her possessive and violent father just minutes before she plunged a knife into his back.

Colin Brady was threatening to kill his partner Kelly Breeze and their daughter after he flew into an uncontrollable rage in their Middlesbrough home last June.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Breeze was one digit away from dialling 999 when her father demanded she hand over her mobile phone just moments before the fatal blow was struck.

Jurors heard how the pair had suffered years of violent and emotional abuse at the hands of Mr Brady and on that night he threatened to kill them both after repeatedly punching Jessica to the head and face.

Breeze told the jury that her father then followed her upstairs as she tried to escape by jumping out of a bedroom window before he grabbed her and attempted to strangle her on the bed.

She said she managed to get downstairs of their home on Keith Road but was unable to escape as the front and rear doors of the property were locked.

The court heard how Breeze had almost managed to call 999 on her phone before father took it off her with one digit left to dial.

Simon Russell Flint QC, defending Breeze, asked the 20-year-old whether he had threatened to kill them before. The nursery worker replied: "This time it was different, he has said he was going to kill us before but this time there was something absolutely different – I had never seen him like that before."

The court heard how Breeze's mother had wet herself during the terrifying ordeal and how the defendant was terrified that he was going to carry out his threat to kill them both that nigh.

Mr Russell Flint asked what happened after you stabbed him?

She replied: "I just remember in the living room talking to me and then went towards the door and then came back into the living room and sat on the settee.

"I was trying to get him up and saying I was sorry, I didn't mean to do it. I was just trying to get him up but I couldn't."

When asked whether she would have been able to fight her father off with 'her own hands' if she resumed his drunken attack on her, she simply replied: "No."

Mr Russell Flint asked: "Why did you stab him, were you intending to kill your father?" She replied No, I didn't. He was still my dad and I still love him. I didn't want him to die, I love him, I just wanted to him stop."

When asked whether she could remember picking up the knife and stabbing her father, she replied: "No."

The jury heard how Mr Brady had a long history of violence including being jailed for grievous bodily harm and carrying out a violent assault on his partner.

Breeze, of Central Mews, Middlesbrough, denies murder.

The trial continues.