Man accused of bashing wife with hammer in bedroom

SHE was bleeding from the head, lying on the floor and only managing to mumble her words.

But despite the dire situation Joan Phillips found herself in, her husband has claimed she refused to let him call an ambulance.

The next day, police would find Mrs Phillips' dead body on the floor of her Bongaree bedroom, draped in a blanket and supported by a blood-soaked pillow.

Her husband, Anthony John Phillips, told police after the gruesome discovery, he did not call an ambulance because he did not want to go against his 81-year-old wife's wishes.

A police interview played to the Supreme Court, where Phillips is on trial for murder, revealed Mr Phillips took multiple sleeping tablets after placing a blanket on his wife.

He told police if his wife was "going to go, he was going to go, too".

"You hit a person on the head with a hammer you don't expect them to live too long do you?" he told police in the recorded interview.

But he was found alive in the same house emergency services found his wife's body in on June 20, 2011.

Mr Phillips is accused of hitting his wife of 26 years with a claw hammer during a row in their Bongaree home.

Mr Phillips has claimed he was provoked by his wife, who came at him with the hammer - before he grabbed it from her in a "tussle" - as he lay in bed.

Mr Phillips, 71, told police he hit his wife two or three times with the hammer while she was on the floor.

Pushed by detectives on why he took the sleeping tablets after wiping blood from his wife's face as she lay on the floor, Mr Phillips said he wasn't sure if Mrs Phillips was going to die.

"I was hoping not - I don't know," he said in the recorded interview played to the court.

"I didn't know whether she was going to die or not. She was a mess."

Mr Phillips has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The trial continues.


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