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Adrian James Basham tracked his ex-wife’s movements and told her ‘if I can’t have you, no one will’ before killing her and making it look like suicide, a court was told.
Basham, 45, faces trial before the High Court of Victoria on charges of murdering Samantha Fraser, whose body was found hanging from a rope at her Phillip Island home in July 2018, the day after she turned 38.
The couple met in late 2005 and married in 2007 before having three children together.
But after years of domineering and controlling behavior, prosecutor Nanette Rogers SC said, they broke up in 2017 and Fraser issued intervention orders against her.
Mrs Fraser had allegedly told friends that she felt insecure and feared vindictive behavior from Basham.
Basham then showed up at her Cowes home and waited 90 minutes, while she dropped her children off at school and had coffee with a friend at a local cafe, before killing her.
“He strangled her with a rope and then hung her with the rope from the garage door,” Ms. Rogers told the jury in her opening remarks.
“The defendant then set about rigging the crime scene to make it look like she committed suicide.”
Basham had threatened Mrs. Fraser after they separated, the prosecutor said, warning her that violent criminals could easily break into her home.
Basham allegedly told Mrs Fraser ‘If I can’t have you, no one will’, the Victoria Supreme Court heard.
He also told her that ‘if I can’t have you, no one will’.
The 38-year-old woman changed her locks and deleted a location app on her phone that she thought Basham was using to track her.
She then called Ms. Fraser within an hour and reprimanded her, Ms. Rogers said.
Basham also told a friend “just wait and see, I’ll get her,” the prosecutor added, as he told another friend that he could track his location through his phone bills, still linked to the account. of the.
In the weeks before her death, Mrs. Fraser told her friends that she felt insecure and she feared vindictive behavior from Basham.
Defense attorney Ashley Halphen said the fact that Basham assaulted Ms. Fraser on the day of her death, and thereby violated her intervention order, was not in dispute.
The 38-year-old mother changed her locks and deleted apps from her phone in an effort to prevent Basham from tracking her.
Basham, 45, denies killing his wife, though his attorney admits he assaulted her the day she died.
But the 45-year-old denies killing his ex-wife, and Halphen argues that Fraser took his own life after Basham left her home.
“This trial is more of a ‘whodunnit’ than anything else,” Halphen said.
‘This is a case about the human condition: how it works and how it doesn’t work.
This is also a case of perception. You should consider giving a context to people’s perception of other people.’
The trial continues.
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