Charged: Yekaterina Pusepa, 23 (pictured on the night of the alleged attack) was charged with attempted murder after stabbing her boyfriend during a brawl in their Manhattan apartment last year
A 23-year-old party girl who knifed her boyfriend in their Manhattan apartment last year said the bloody brawl began with a fight over a purse.
Yekaterina Pusepa told a court yesterday she was ‘frustrated’ when her boyfriend Alec Katsnelson left her clutch unattended while she went to the bathroom at a bar in May, 2012.
After an argument, the couple returned to their Gold St pad where Pusepa allegedly stabbed her lover in the chest with a nine-inch steak knife, piercing his lungs and nicking his heart.
The Latvian-born woman was charged with attempted murder last year.
‘[I] asked him to look over my clutch, which had my phone, my keys and all my belongings,’ Pusepa told jurors about the incident at watering hole, Ryan Maguire’s, where the pair had been drinking.
‘When I came out, I found my clutch was unattended in the middle of the bar.
‘I went to go look for him, and he was outside. At that point, I told him I wanted to go home because it frustrated me. I asked him to take care of something and he was being irresponsible.
‘I said I wanted to take my things and go to my girlfriend’s house.’
However, the pair ended up going back to their own home together where they brawled.
What happened next remains hotly contested.
Prosecutors and Katsnelson, 23, claimed Pusepa stabbed her boyfriend in a jealous rage after he received a text message from another girl.
Pusepa, however, denied the claim, saying she knifed Katsnelson after he beat her, New York Postreported.
Testified: Yekaterina Pusepa claimed in court yesterday she held the knife to scare off her boyfriend after he punched her in the head
She claimed they had a tumultuous relationship and her former flame was violent.
‘He was kicking me and started punching me, then hit me upside the head, and that’s when I grabbed the knife,’ she said.
‘He kept hitting me, asking, ‘Is this the s–t I like? Is this the s–t I like?’ He went to go swing at me again. That’s when I stabbed him.’
Pusepa also told jurors that her only intention when she reached for the blade in the early morning hours was to frighten off her beau.
‘I picked up the knife just to scare him . . . I didn’t mean to hurt him,’ she testified, according to New York Daily News
‘I was trying to get him off of me, make him get off of me.’
Pusepa said ‘everything went in slow motion’ after she plunged the knife into Katsnelson’s chest.
She said he pulled the blade out before staggering downstairs to the street. She followed him down, covered in blood.
Lovers tiff: Yekaterina Pusepa (right) claimed she was frustrated her boyfriend didn’t look after her purse while she went to the bathroom at a night club on the night of the fight
New York Daily News reported the pair met at a nightclub in late 2011 and their relationship was initially ‘purely sexual’.
Katsnelson was arrested in March last tear for roughing her up, but she took him back in spite of a restraining order.
They gave their relationship another chance and Pusepa fell pregnant.
She had an abortion after learning the child would have to be placed in foster care due to her situation.
After the May incident, Pusepa first claimed that Katsnelson grabbed the knife and plunged it into his own chest in a suicide attempt, but then she changed her story to say she stabbed him in self-defense.
She also initially Pusepa told one responding cop that a black man had stabbed her lover.
‘I was just scared and in shock. I was just not in the right state of mind,’ she said yesterday.
Pusepa faces 25 years behind bars if convicted.
Troubled: Yekaterina Pusepa, 23, met her beau at a nightclub in late 2011 and the two had a volatile relationship