| 13.07,09. 01:36 PM |
Woman killed man with tomahawk as he slept
July 13, 2009 12:30pm
A WOMAN has admitted killing her ex-partner while he was asleep chopping into with a tomahawk while her teenage son allegedly stabbed him.
But prosector Chris Maxwell QC told the NSW Supreme Court the crown did not accept the woman's guilty plea to manslaughter and her trial for murder is proceeding.
The 51-year-old woman and the 61-year-old victim cannot be named as their then 14-year-old son is also accused of taking part in the killing.
In an opening address on Monday, Mr Maxwell said the victim was attacked by the mother and son in the early hours of New Year's Day 2007 at the man's home in Sydney's northwest.
He alleged that while the man slept, the woman used a tomahawk to chop into him, while her son stabbed him.
"The deceased managed to get out of bed and struggled to the front door and began to yell for help,'' he said.
Justice Michael Grove, who is hearing the trial without a jury, adjourned the case to Wednesday, to enable him to read voluminous material tendered by the crown.