The mother of a man allegedly murdered by her husband told a jury today her first reaction on hearing about the shooting was to expect her partner was the shooting victim.
Jacqueline Auckram, 61, was giving evidence in the Supreme Court, where her husband, Bradley Thomas Danual Auckram, is fighting an allegation he murdered his step-son Jason Jeffrey Burton by shooting him four times at the family’s Clarkson home on June 8 last year.
Her evidence came after Mr Auckram, 52, today told the jury he fired at Mr Burton in a bid to protect himself and his family against the 41-year-old after he told Mr Auckram he would “slaughter” them if he was thrown out of the house.
Mr Auckram testified the threat had come after he tried to set some ground rules for his step-son while his wife was at work.
He claimed he went to his bedroom get a rifle to protect himself because he believed his stepson owned a gun.
He fired as soon as he came across his stepson in the hallway because in that split second he believed his life to be in danger, he said. “I believed he would have shot and killed me,” Mr Auckram said.
The court has heard Mr Burton, who was prescribed anti-psychotic medication and pain killers, only had a cup of coffee in his hands when killed.
The prosecution alleges Mr Auckram had reached the “final straw” after decades of a bad relationship with his son and purposefully killed him to get rid of him rather than acting in defence.
This afternoon, Mrs Auckram testified she had been afraid of her son’s “aggressive” behaviour towards her and initially believed he had killed her husband when she returned home from work to find police and ambulance workers.
“I thought if anything it would be the other way around,” she said. “Jason was so messed up and angry… I was scared he was going to hurt us in some way.” The trial continues.