The wife of a man who was allegedly murdered by her brother in 2002 described to a Supreme Court jury today the domestic violence she suffered at the hands of her husband and how her brother was not angry when he learnt of the abuse.
Angela Ball, 47, gave evidence via video-link from the UK where she now lives in the wilful murder trial of her brother Anthony Carl Prestidge, 51, who allegedly murdered her husband Andy Arthur Ball in their Ellenbrook home in September 2002 before fleeing to Bali. Mr Prestidge claims he acted in self-defence when Mr Ball, 24, attacked him with a knife.
Ms Ball, who had two daughters with Mr Ball including one who never met her father, said her husband drank alcohol and used cannabis every day and was physically and mentally abusive towards her.
“He would punch me, pinch me, smash my head on kitchen cupboards,” she said, adding the worst injury inflicted by her spouse was a broken cheekbone and broken ribs that required surgery in 2001.
Ms Ball said Mr Ball was not happy when Mr Prestidge arrived on their doorstep from the UK as a surprise and he accused her of having an incestuous affair with her own brother.
“Andy wasn’t pleased with Anthony being there. He thought Anthony was there to take me and the children away,” she said.
Ms Ball said she asked her brother to help her move out of her home and when she confirmed the domestic violence to her sibling he reacted in a supportive, not angry, way. She said she did not tell her brother the full story about the abuse.
Ms Ball said the last time she spoke with her estranged husband was a phone conversation, organised by her brother, the day he died when they talked about arrangements for him to see the children. She said Mr Ball wanted her to return home, but she refused.
The last time she spoke with her brother was also on the phone on the night of the alleged murder when he was asking for directions, she said.
Mr Ball’s body was found with severe head injuries on his kitchen floor two days later. The prosecution claims he was struck while bleeding on the floor.
Mr Prestidge’s defence is arguing Mr Ball attacked the accused man when they were alone, believing Mr Prestidge was coming between him and his wife and children.
The trial continues.