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Accused tomahawk killer treated 'like dirt'

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Accused tomahawk killer treated 'like dirt'


 July 15, 2009 11:34PM

A WOMAN accused of the tomahawk murder of her ex-partner told police he used to abuse her and made her feel like "less than dirt".

The 51-year-old woman also said their son had been scared of his father, who had made the boy eat his own vomit and put him in boiling water.

The woman has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering the 61-year-old man in the early hours of New Year's Eve 2007.

The woman, from Maitland, and the victim cannot be named because her co-accused is their juvenile son, who has been found unfit to plead.

The Crown did not accept the woman's guilty plea to manslaughter and her trial on the charge of murder is proceeding before Justice Michael Grove without a jury.

Prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC has told the judge the victim was sleeping at his home in Schofields, in Sydney's northwest, when the woman used a tomahawk and her son used a knife to inflict the fatal wounds.

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A DVD was played to the court yesterday of the woman's interview with police on January 3, 2008.

She said she met her ex-partner through a church group some years before their son was born in 1993.

While they had been happy at first, she said problems had developed.

"He made me feel like I was dirt - less than dirt," she said.

She said he had separated her from her family and friends and physically and sexually abused her.

One time when he stayed over in their Maitland home he "got stuck into" her, she said. "My mouth was all swollen and black, bite marks and bruising all over my body."

She said that the next morning her son came into the bathroom and said: "Mum, what have you done? You have bruises and bite marks all over you."

In the Crown's opening statement, Mr Maxwell said psychiatrists had concluded some of the claims made by the woman were "delusional".

The trial is continuing.

The Daily Telegraph

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