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Sydney husband allegedly told police 'I killed her'

Atlaf Hossain has been charged with murdering his wife, Syeda Nirupama. Source: Facebook

An accused murderer has lost a bid to be released after police told a Sydney court he'd already admitted to killing his wife.

An accused murderer made full admissions to killing his wife in their Sydney home but will argue he acted in self-defence, a court has been told.

Altaf Hossain, 49, is accused of murdering his wife Syeda Nirupama in their Minto home between 3.09am and 4am on Sunday.

The accused killer showed his heavily bandaged hands to Parramatta Bail Court on Monday as his barrister argued the 49-year-old would defend the murder charge against him and deserved both bail and the presumption of innocence.

Police opposed bail, arguing the Bengali-speaking Australian citizen posed a "huge flight risk" if released and had already made admissions.

"In presence of police and people (at his) house at his invitation, (he said) I killed her," Senior Sergeant Leesa McEvoy told the court.

"That presumption is ... out the window."

The court was not told how police allege Ms Nirupama died.

Hossain's barrister Zemarai Khatiz said his client had no prior convictions, no recorded matters of violence and had strong community ties through his Australian citizenship and family.

He stressed self-defence would be an issue at trial for the "powerful, subjective" case.

"One of the first things he said to police was 'She did this one', gesturing with his hands," Mr Khatiz told the court.

The accused had stated to police he was suffering from mental health issues, the court heard.

Registrar Kevin Lamond said if the murder charge was defended on self-defence, there was a strong likelihood Hossain would be convicted of manslaughter and would face a custodial sentence.

The accused killer was remanded in custody ahead of a scheduled court appearance on 30 April at Campbelltown Local Court.

A family friend outside court cried as he told reporters the death was a shock.

"They are a good couple, good family."

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