Husband found guilty of murdering wife with knife
A TOOWOOMBA Supreme Court jury took just two hours to find Brian Frederick Pearson guilty of having murdered his wife Delareece.
Though Pearson, 35, can only receive one sentence for murder, that of life imprisonment, his barrister Julie Sharp asked that his sentence hearing be adjourned until today as her client had a number of other non-related charges against him for which she had yet to take instructions.
With Crown prosecutor Vicki Loury's agreement, Justice Alan Wilson adjourned sentence until 10am today.
After spending the morning court session listening to the closing addresses of prosecution and defence counsels, the jury retired to consider its verdict at the lunch break after Justice Alan Wilson concluded summing up the case.
In her closing address, Ms Sharp had argued that by the evidence of witnesses the Pearsons had endured a volatile relationship in which both had committed violence against the other.
On June 26, 2011, when the pair engaged in yet another argument at Brian Pearson's mother's home in Donely St, Oakey, the couple had simply reverted to "their kind of normal", she submitted.
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Witnesses had told the court Brian Pearson had taken a knife during early arguments with his wife but nothing had come of it, she said.
"What the history shows is that he was violent to her in the past but he never intended to kill her," she submitted.
Unfortunately, on this occasion it had led to Delareece's death, but the jury had to be satisfied the Crown had proved that her client at the time had the intention of killing his wife or at least causing her grievous bodily harm in order to convict him of murder, she said.
By its verdict, the jury was obviously satisfied the Crown had proved its case.
Forensic evidence put before the court found Delareece Pearson, 35, had her right eyebrow bitten off by her husband during the struggle before being stabbed in the face near her mouth.
The fatal blow was a stab wound to her back with the blade of the knife penetrating her left lung, severing her aorta before the knife finished its journey in her right lung.
The wound caused massive blood loss and Mrs Pearson died on the floor of her mother-in-law's home before police and paramedics arrived.
Pearson pleaded guilty to his wife's manslaughter, but not guilty to murder.
When the guilty verdict was announced, he sat expressionless in the court dock.
Asked if he had anything to say, he said nothing and slowly shook his head in the negative.
Pearson has been held in custody since his arrest on the day of his wife's murder on that Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2011, and he was remanded in custody awaiting sentence today.