Fa­ther found guilty of mur­der­ing son

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A PEN­SIONER who ad­mit­ted stab­bing his son to death but ar­gued self de­fence, claim­ing the 23year-old was vi­o­lent and abu­sive, has been found guilty of mur­der.

The body of Matthew Kyle Fisher-Turner was un­cov­ered in the back­yard of his fam­ily's Perth home in late Oc­to­ber 2016 af­ter his fa­ther Ernest Al­bert Fisher (67) con­fessed to de­tec­tives and told them it was there.

He had ini­tially claimed his son was “over east” but changed his story af­ter one-and-a-half hours of ques­tion­ing.

The Supreme Court of WA heard Fisher stabbed his son with two sharp knives, punc­tur­ing a lung and aorta, about four weeks be­fore the po­lice in­ter­view.

The fam­ily had been un­rav­el­ling since the death of its ma­tri­arch in 2014.

Two of the other chil­dren, Joshua Dou­glas Fisher-Turner and Han­nah Jayde Fisher-Turner, also said Matthew had been vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive.

The court heard the fi­nal straw was when Matthew in­sisted on bor­row­ing his fa­ther’s car, which trig­gered an ar­gu­ment be­cause Fisher wanted to drive to friends to watch the AFL grand fi­nal.

Af­ter the killing, he started dig­ging a grave in the rear gar­den then left the house to watch the match, leav­ing it up to Joshua to bury his brother, while Han­nah helped carry the body out­side on a lad­der.

Han­nah and Joshua were both con­victed of be­ing ac­ces­sories to mur­der.

Pros­e­cu­tor Laura Chris­tian told the Supreme Court of WA jury dur­ing clos­ing ad­dresses on Tues­day that there were no rea­son­able grounds for Ernest’s be­lief he had to kill Matthew.

“He wasn’t even pre­pared to talk to the po­lice, ask them about other op­tions,” she said.

“Killing some­one in self­de­fence should be a last re­sort. In Ernest’s case, it was a first re­sort.”

Ernest told po­lice shortly af­ter he con­fessed he had done the right thing, be­cause Matthew was “like a ter­ror­ist”.

But to­wards the end of the in­ter­view, he said he was not sure if he needed a so­lic­i­tor or not be­cause “I’ve done the wrong thing, I know it”.

“He knew he was guilty of mur­der and it was his de­sire to avoid be­ing caught for it,” Ms Chris­tian said.

Joshua ad­mit­ted bury­ing Matthew, while Han­nah con­fessed to help­ing him carry the body to the back­yard on a lad­der.

Both said they cleaned up other ev­i­dence. AAP

Matthew Kyle Fisher-Turner

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