Wife allegedly hammered husband's head

A SOUTH Burnett woman allegedly shouted "die, die, die" while repeatedly smashing a hammer into her husband's head in the study where he had been investigating her gambling debts.

Kay Te Atarangi Lyons, 54, allegedly told husband David, who was dripping with blood, she called an ambulance while "stalking" him with the hammer around their Wattle Camp home after the initial attack in their study.

Phone records show she never made those calls.

Her husband, aged 67, managed to flag down neighbours and ended up in Princess Alexandra Hospital with skull fractures exposing his brain.

The Crown would not accept Mrs Lyons' plea of guilty to malicious act with intent, instead pressing ahead with an attempted murder charge.

Mrs Lyons is now facing a trial, before Chief Justice Tim Carmody, in Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to the more serious offence.

One neighbour is expected to tell the court how Mrs Lyons - who had blood smeared across her face and had blood spatters on her jacket - was muttering about how she "just snapped" after the incident on June 4 last year.

Mrs Lyons, in a recorded conversation with police at the roadside, said she had been the victim of abuse, including "strange intimate things which I am not altogether fond" because she was told it would "make things more exciting".

"It just made me feel like I was less than nothing," she said.

Defence barrister Don MacKenzie asked the jury to focus on whether the Crown could prove beyond reasonable doubt that his client intended to murder her husband.

He said they could draw alternate inferences to the Crown case.

The trial continues.


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