A woman teamed up with her lover to murder her husband in a frenzied knife attack while he ate takeaways in his car, a court has been told.
Amandeep Kaur, 32, and Gurjinder Singh, 27, are standing trial in the High Court at Auckland for the murder of Kaur's husband Davender Singh.
Mr Singh, 35, was stabbed to death in a car in Norman Spencer Drive in Papatoetoe, in Auckland's south, on August 7 last year. Mr Singh and Kaur had parked outside the Manukau Events Centre to eat takeaways.
Crown prosecutor Natalie Walker told the jury of nine men and three women that the victim died after his throat was slit 15cm from ear to ear. He was also stabbed five times in the head, neck and shoulders and seven times in the hands as he tried to defend himself.
She said Kaur and her lover Gurjinder Singh, both forklift drivers at the Sistema plastics factory, plotted to kill Mr Singh in the weeks after the victim discovered the workmates had been having an affair.
Kaur, banned by her husband from talking to Singh, passed her lover notes declaring her feelings and begging him to "please do something my love" so they can be together.
Kaur, who had been with Mr Singh since an arranged marriage in India in 2002, told her co-accused that she was scared of her husband who had beaten her and "made her suffer" since discovering the affair.
Ms Walker said the notes revealed a plan for Singh to follow the couple in their car and then attack the husband, ensuring he died in the attack.
The prosecutor quoted one note from Kaur pleading: "Do not leave him alive".
Kaur initially claimed her husband had been attacked by an unknown thief, but later identified Singh as the attacker, saying the affair was over. Singh had masterminded the murder plan alone, she said.
But the crown's case is that the lovers were still together and planned the murder together.
The two accused sat quietly in the dock surrounded by court guards and Punjabi interpreters.
The trial before Justice Graham Lang is expected to last four weeks.