THE Caloundra woman accused of murdering her husband will today allege in court he forced her to have sex after he bashed her.
Susan Falls, 42, has confessed she laced her husband Rodney’s curried prawns with sleeping tablets to sedate him before she shot him in the head twice on May 25, 2006.
Yesterday, her defence barrister Jeffrey Hunter opened his case in the Brisbane Supreme Court, outlining an allegedly violent and abusive relationship the pair had over their 24 years together.
“One night she refused to have sex with him and he told her that was her duty as a wife,” he said.
“He punched her in the face, tore her clothes off and (forced her to have sex).
“She never overtly refused sex again.
“She would be required to have sex with him after he had beaten her.”
Mr Hunter said Mrs Falls would allege she was late to collect her husband from drinking one night so he “practised martial arts moves on her”, raggedly cut her hair and threatened to puncture her breast implants with scissors.
“Susan Falls’ husband dominated and isolated her,” he said. “He was controlling. Appeasement became the only option.”
When the muscles on either side of his neck twitched, Mrs Falls knew violence was on its way, Mr Hunter told the jury.
“To begin with, it was a punch, a kick or a push, not a continual bashing,” Mrs Falls said when she took the stand.
She said the violence escalated when Mr Falls began body building and using steroids.
The Yugoslavian-born Mrs Falls said after she had given birth to the couple’s first child, her husband came to pick her up. When the car would not start, he punched her “numerous times” in the stomach. She alleged family pets also came to harm for digging holes, chewing shoes or eating the cannabis plants he grew to pay for his steroids.
“We owned a total of 12 dogs, nine of those were killed. Mostly bashing and then drowning … in both Sydney and Caloundra, Pelican Waters,” she said. “We would say that the dog ran away (to the children).”
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