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Alleged murderer ‘wore fake delivery uniform’ while carrying out 2016 Yokine assault, court told

A man accused of murdering his ex-wife’s partner allegedly knocked on the victim’s front door while carrying a package and two weapons and wearing what could be considered a fake delivery uniform.

Etem Duga is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of murdering Philip Fidel, 73, and attempting to murder his ex Vickie Fidel, formerly Vickie Duga, at a block of units in Yokine in October 2016.

He is also charged with attempting to murder one of Mr Fidel’s neighbours and causing bodily harm with intent to another.

Prosecutor Simon Freitag said Mr Duga was wearing high-vis and was carrying a large package when he went to Mr Fidel’s unit on Shakespeare Avenue.

Etem Duga is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of murdering Philip Fidel, 73, and attempting to murder his ex wife.Etem Duga is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of murdering Philip Fidel, 73, and attempting to murder his ex wife.
Camera IconEtem Duga is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of murdering Philip Fidel, 73, and attempting to murder his ex wife.Picture: Clarissa Phillips

He told the jury Mr Duga was wearing what might be considered a “mock-up delivery uniform”.

“The State says to you that Mr Duga was not there to make a delivery, he was not there to do any work,” Mr Freitag said.

“He was there to murder Vickie Duga, as she was then, and Philip Fidel. He was partly successful in that.”

It is alleged Mr Duga barged into the home when Mr Fidel opened the security screen and fatally attacked the victim with a tomahawk, a big kitchen knife or both weapons.

Mr Freitag said Ms Fidel managed to get out of the unit with two injuries and was chased by her ex as she ran downstairs while screaming for help.

Mr Duga allegedly hit one neighbour in the face with the tomahawk when the man stepped between him and Ms Fidel in an attempt to help her.

Forensic officers search the unit on Shakespeare Street in Yokine for evidence.Forensic officers search the unit on Shakespeare Street in Yokine for evidence.
Camera IconForensic officers search the unit on Shakespeare Street in Yokine for evidence.Picture: News Corp Australia / Sean Middleton

It is alleged another neighbour let Ms Fidel into his house and tried to shut Mr Duga out, but the accused forced his way in.

Mr Freitag said that neighbour smashed a ceramic bowl over Mr Duga’s head, but it appeared to have no effect on him.

He said Mr Duga stabbed the man in the chest in a bid to kill him, but the witness managed to wrestle the accused outside and pin him to the ground until police arrived.

Mr Duga and Ms Fidel were married for more than 40 years before they split in 2016.

Mr Freitag told the jury Mr Duga threatened to kill his former wife a number of times during their relationship.

He said Ms Fidel left her husband and got a restraining order against him after he threatened her with a knife.

Defence lawyer Helen Prince did not give an opening address to the jury.

The trial continues.

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