1. Father killed son to avoid missing AFL grand final, court hears.
The body of Matthew Kyle Fisher-Turner was discovered in late October 2016 buried in the backyard of the family’s Parmelia home and it’s believed he was killed almost four weeks earlier.
Ernest Albert Fisher is charged with murder while two of his other children, Joshua Douglas Fisher-Turner, then 26, and Hannah Jayde Fisher-Turner, then 19, are on trial accused of being accessories to murder.
Prosecutor Laura Christian told the Supreme Court of Western Australia on Monday that an argument erupted after Mr Fisher-Turner wanted to borrow his father’s car, because Fisher was keen to drive to a friend’s to watch the AFL grand final.
After the killing, Fisher started digging a grave in the backyard then left the house to watch the match, leaving it up to Joshua to bury his brother and clean up blood, while Hannah helped carry the body outside on a ladder, Ms Christian said.
“Dig it deep,” Fisher told them, according to Ms Christian.
Days later, Fisher told the deceased’s concerned friends his son had “gone over east with a chicky babe”, initially telling police he presumed he’d travelled to Brisbane to see a girl he met on Facebook.
But when detectives said they believed Mr Fisher-Turner had never left the house and had died there, Fisher confessed, describing the victim as “horrible”, claiming he was using drugs and behaved very aggressively.
Fisher’s counsel Sam Vandongen said his client admitted killing his son when he realised lying was pointless and also conceded he’d instructed at least one of his other children to dispose of the body.
Mr Vandongen argued Fisher acted in self-defence, although the threat was not imminent.
The trial continues.
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