A person accused of murdering his spouse, who used a wheelchair, by throwing her right into a pond appeared “fairly calm” and “unphased” when emergency crews arrived, a courtroom has heard.
Peter Rex Dansie, 70, went on trial in Adelaide’s Supreme Courtroom after pleading not responsible to murdering his spouse Helen in April 2017.
Prosecutors allege Mr Dansie threw his spouse right into a pond in Veale Gardens in Adelaide’s southern parklands as a result of she had turn into a burden to him.
Paramedic Richard Giles informed the courtroom when he arrived on the scene Mr Dansie appeared calm and didn’t have any sense of urgency.
“He appeared fairly calm, he did not seem too upset or too panicked,” he mentioned.
“Virtually a bit deflated, like he was exhausted.”
The courtroom heard Mr Dansie’s garments had been moist from his waist down and he informed paramedics his spouse had been within the pond for about 25 minutes.
“He mentioned he had been in there attempting to get her out however wasn’t capable of,” Mr Giles mentioned.
“He mentioned he tried to show the wheelchair round, he wasn’t capable of, he requested the affected person to take the brakes off and as she did that the wheelchair rolled into the pond.”
Mr Giles informed the courtroom resuscitationwould not have been profitable as a result of Mrs Dansie had been submerged within the water for too lengthy.
Throughout his proof, investigating officer Sergeant Philip Clague informed the courtroom the accused didn’t seem distressed when police arrived both.
“His behaviour and manner did not appear in step with somebody whose spouse had simply drowned,” he mentioned.
“He was very calm and appeared unphased by all of it.”
Alleged homicide was financially motivated
In opening the trial on Tuesday, prosecutor Jim Pearce QC mentioned Mr Dansie climbed into the pond after his spouse to “feign an try and rescue her”.
He mentioned the alleged homicide was premeditated and financially motivated.
“Helen Dansie had turn into a value burden on the accused, it was a value burden he was not ready to tolerate,” he mentioned.
The courtroom heard Mrs Dansie, a former microbiologist, suffered a stroke within the 1990s that left her withlong-term disabilities.
It heard she was on an listed pension for lifetime of which a big portion her husband was entitled to as her full-time carer.
The trial earlier than Justice David Peek, with no jury, continues.