Father found guilty of murdering son
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