Bribie man allegedly killed his wife with a claw hammer

AFTER allegedly killing his wife with a claw hammer, a Bribie Island man left a short and succinct note for his wife's daughters.

"I love Joan, please forgive me but it takes two to tango".

Anthony John Phillips has argued it was provocation that led him to hit his wife of 26 years, Joan Phillips, 81, in the head with a hammer in June, 2011.

Police found Mrs Phillips' body on the bedroom floor and Mr Phillips sitting in the kitchen with a shirt and no pants on.

Mr Phillips has pleaded not guilty to murder and is on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court.

Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle told the jury on Monday neighbours contacted the manager of Mrs and Mr Phillips' complex after noticing their lights were off at night and rubbish was not put out.

Mr Boyle said the manager peered in the couple's window on June, 20, 2011 and saw Mr Philips, then 69, sitting on the floor, offering no reaction.

When emergency services smashed the window to get in, they found Mrs Phillips with a blanket over her body and blood coming from the back of her head.

There was also a L-shaped gash on her head, the court heard.

Mr Boyle said Mr Phillips told ambulance officers he was on the floor as he could not move his legs.

Mr Boyle told the jury Mr Phillips did suffer from a medical condition affecting his legs.

The jury heard Mr Phillips told police he was in bed - in a room separate to Mrs Phillips - when Mrs Phillips tried to hit him with a claw hammer.

Mr Phillips told police he turned around and grabbed her by the arm and said "don't do that, Joan, please".

"We had a blue because she said I was lazy and I wouldn't get up and do anything," Mr Phillips allegedly told police in a recorded conversation.

Mr Phillips also allegedly said in a temper he struck his wife in retaliation a couple of times.

Mr Boyle said Mr Phillips said he put a blanket on his wife as she lay on the floor so she didn't get cold before taking two to three slides of sleeping tablets.

Mr Phillips denied he wanted to kill himself, the jury heard.

The trial continues.



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