WA murder accused ‘stabbed man in heart’

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A WOMAN accused of murdering a 37-year-old man by stabbing him in the heart then threatening to kill three more people for no apparent reason, has gone on trial.

The District Court of WA heard on Monday that Marina Gertie Pope, 54, had only just met the victim, Travis Wicker, at a small Nollamara unit in April 2017.

Prosecutor Les Hobson said Mr Wicker and his grandfather were staying overnight with the two residents when Pope turned up to do the same.

The evening was uneventful, spent watching TV with no arguments, Mr Hobson said.

The District Court of WA heard on Monday that the accused had only just met the victim at the time of the alleged murder. Picture: Stock

The following morning, Pope went outside, came back in and the others then heard Mr Wicker make an “oomph” noise, say “mum” and hold his chest.

The grandfather then saw Pope holding a knife and shouted out a warning, Mr Hobson said.

All four ran into the bedroom but the male resident had to battle to keep the door shut as Pope waved the knife through the gap, trying to stab him, shouting “I’ll kill you all”.

After he yelled out that police had been called, she left the unit and wandered off, Mr Hobson said.

Mr Wicker died in hospital four days later.

Defence counsel Helen Prince said her client was not at the unit when the stabbing occurred but nearby, walking the streets.

“There’s no motive at all for her to stab Mr Wicker,” she said.

“What Ms Pope says is ‘I had no reason to do this’.”

The court heard no-one saw the stabbing.

The trial continues.

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