Father Ernie Fisher 'riddled with bruises' before son Joshua Fisher-Turner's killing
ERNIE Fisher – the dad accused of murdering his son and then leaving his other children to bury the body while he went to watch the AFL grand final – has chosen not to give evidence in his own defence at his ongoing Supreme Court trial.
Mr Fisher, 67, is accused of murdering his son Matthew Fisher-Turner, 23, by stabbing him to death on October 1, 2016 at their house in Parmelia.
Mr Fisher-Turner’s body was found buried in the back garden four weeks later – allegedly placed there by his brother Joshua Fisher-Turner, 28, with help from his sister Hannah Fisher-Turner, 22.
After the prosecution case concluded late last week, Mr Fisher’s lawyer Sam Vandongen told the jury this morning that Mr Fisher had chosen not to give evidence.
But another of his daughters from another marriage, Nusha Fisher, did take the stand - to tell of how she had seen her father “riddled with bruises” during a trip to the beach in the months before the killing.
Mr Fisher is claiming he killed his son in self-defence of himself, and his other children, telling police during an interview that Matthew had “terrorised” the family with violence and threats.
And Ms Fisher told the jury she saw physical evidence of that claimed violence during the family outing to Coogee beach.
“From his chest to his waist was riddled with bruises of all different colours and sizes … they were just everywhere,” Ms Fisher said.
“He was black and blue. His whole body was covered in different colours – it was like he was wearing tye-dye or something.”
But Ms Fisher was questioned as to why the bruises were not mentioned in a statement given to police following Matthew’s death – and said she had never seen her half-brother be violent towards family members.
The jury has heard three police interviews from all the accused, in which they all make admissions as to the roles they played on October 1 – the day the Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs faced off at the MCG.
Mr Fisher, after telling friends of Matthew and police for weeks that he had moved east with a girlfriend, also initially told the police the same thing – before saying: “It was me, it was me … I’m the one who killed him.”
“I couldn’t think of another solution ... I couldn’t come up with anything," Mr Fisher said.
“I knew I had to get the jump on him, he was powerful and agile. I think I’ve done the right thing, I really do, in a twisted way … he was an arsehole.”
And he also told police that on that day, with his son lying dead on the floor, “footy was the priority.”
“I didn’t want to miss it … I’d done my bit,” he told detectives.
Joshua told police he had seen his father with two knives, and was then left to deal with the aftermath.
“I walked past, and went into my room … Matt was dead, he wasn’t moving. There was an amount of blood,” Joshua told police.
“I dragged him out on the ladder … I couldn’t carry him … Dad had left.”
“I thought it was safer .. to hide him … now we’ve made it all worse. I didn’t want the family torn apart.”
And Hannah told the police that after the killing she suggested calling the police
“We all said we should call the cops ... he (Matt) was abusive ... it will be easier that way,” Hannah said.
“But Ernie said nah ... and he got buried in the back yard. Someone had to dig a hole — I think Josh got made to do it.”
Closing arguments from both sides will begin tomorrow.