Six years ago, Newcastle high school maths teacher Amanda Carter was found dead, savagely beaten in her own home.
Now, finally, the trial of the man accused of her murder has begun.
Real estate agent Ricardo Dasilva is on trial for the 46-year-old’s murder.
The court heard he violently bashed his former partner over the head with a blunt object before trying to burn her house down.
Dasilva is alleged to have entered Carter’s home in May 2010 and attacked her while she was lying in bed, the Newcastle Herald reported.
Carter was found dead by her daughter the next morning.
The court heard there were no visible signs of break-in to the Woongarrah home.
Dasilva has pleaded not guilty to the murder and claims he fell asleep watching television on the night of her death.
A paramedic who was called to the scene testified that Carter's injuries were so extreme he was unable to locate where her nose should have been.
Crown Prosecutor Lee Carr told the court Dasilva was a man struggling to accept the end of his relationship with Carter, NBN News reported.