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The husband, who is accused of killing his wife, slipped where she died, causing a delay in the process


The murder trial is postponed after the 70-year-old husband is accused of killing his older wife by pushing her into a pond while looking at the scene with the judge

  • Peter Rex Dansie slipped into Veale Gardens during a court tour in Adelaide
  • Dansie fell over and slapped her head before being taken to the hospital for treatment
  • He was due to appear in court over the death of his wife Helen Dansie in 2017
  • Dansie did not plead guilty to the charges against him and the process continues

A man accused of killing his wife in a public garden has postponed his murder trial after slipping and banging his head at the site of his partner's death.

70-year-old Peter Rex Dansie is facing a Supreme Court trial of his wife Helen (66) drowning at Veale Gardens in Adelaide in April 2017.

Dansie had visited the construction site on Tuesday as part of his ongoing trial when the prosecution alleged he had pushed his wife into a pond in a wheelchair.

Dansie was just returning from the gardens when he fell over before being taken to the hospital.

A man accused of killing his wife in a public garden postponed his murder trial after he slipped and hit his head in the place where she died (pictured Peter Rex Dansie).

70-year-old Peter Rex Dansie is facing a Supreme Court trial of his wife Helen (66) drowning at Veale Gardens in Adelaide in April 2017

70-year-old Peter Rex Dansie is facing a Supreme Court trial over the drowning of his wife Helen (66) at Veale Gardens in Adelaide in April 2017

His lawyers later told the court that the 70-year-old would stay in the hospital for a few hours for observation.

The sole trial was adjourned until Wednesday morning.

Judge David Peek said he was surprised that Dansie went to and from the scene.

"The way he shuffles into the dock every day would lead me to conclude that he would have great difficulty walking a certain distance," he said.

"It never occurred to me that he would go to or from a prospect, I just never thought of it."

His lawyers later told the court that the 70-year-old would stay in the hospital for a few hours for observation

His lawyers later told the court that the 70-year-old would stay in the hospital for a few hours for observation

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