Police investigating a suspicious death at Bedford Road, Andergrove in May 2017. Officers are at two separate homes near the intersection of Eaglemount Road.
Police investigating a suspicious death at Bedford Road, Andergrove in May 2017. Officers are at two separate homes near the intersection of Eaglemount Road. Luke Mortimer

Man sent 'dick pics' to another woman before fatal stabbing

A MAN who died after a fatal blow to the heart from a knife had been caught sending "dick pics" to a woman four weeks prior.

Mackay Supreme Court heard Peta Louise Ansford caught her partner of two years Luke Mitchell sending "dick pics" to women in a footfall fanclub on Facebook.

A month later, during a separate argument, Mr Mitchell died and Ms Ansford is now facing a trial accused of manslaughter.

She has admitted she delivered the fatal blow but has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and the jury must decide if the killing was unlawful or the actions of a woman defending herself.

An emotional Ms Ansford rocked herself back and forth in the court room as a video interview taken the day she stabbed her partner in the heart was played for jurors.

Peta Ansford
Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury
Peta Ansford Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury Lee Constable

In the video, two plain-clothed police officers questioned Ms Ansford about the events of that night.

A visibly shaken Ms Ansford told the officers alcohol had fuelled a verbal fight that turned physical as Mr Mitchell continued to drink more bourbon.

After the pair each threw punches, Ms Ansford told police Mr Mitchell kicked her and spat on her during the argument which continued until he eventually grabbed a kitchen knife from the counter.

"He had the knife he was going to come for me," Ms Ansford told police.

"I got down on the ground … no, no, no. He ended up dropping the knife and I picked it up. I thought he was going to kill me.

"I said don't come near me. And then he took a step closer ... and then it went in…  and then there was blood."

The court heard the fight between the pair which started in the lounge room lasted at least an hour before it became fatal in the kitchen.

Ms Ansford told police she feared for her safety and was unable to call for police or an ambulance after the wounding as

Mr Mitchell had smashed it earlier in the evening

The trial continues.



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