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Supreme Court of WA told family feud at core of son’s death

The anger and fear festering inside the house where Matthew Fisher-Turner was allegedly murdered by his father was graphically displayed in court yesterday — as was the pain of his brother Joshua, who is accused of helping bury the body.

As the Supreme Court trial of Ernie Fisher, 67, and two of his children continued, phone footage of an argument between Matthew and Joshua was played — which defence lawyers say was just a tiny part of the family breakdown that eventually led to bloodshed.

Triple-0 calls to police made by family members in the months leading up to the discovery of Matthew’s body buried in the backyard were also revealed, as was the moment Joshua Fisher-Turner , 28, broke down sobbing as he told police how he had been left to bury his brother by a father intent on watching the 2016 AFL grand final.

The jury has been told that there is no argument that Mr Fisher killed his son, but that it was done in self-defence and because the family was being terrorised by Matthew.

Twice in 2015 police were called by Hannah Fisher-Turner, who in one call says Matthew is “threatening to kill us”.

And in a video shot by Matthew during an argument with his elder brother in March 2016, Matthew can be clearly heard goading his brother while Joshua retorts that his sibling was “destroying this family”.

Prosecutors allege the family imploded on October 1, 2016, when Mr Fisher stabbed his son to death.

In Joshua’s interview, also played to the jury, the eldest of the Fisher-Turner siblings sobbed as he told detectives his brother was an abusive “a…….”, describing himself as a “weak coward” for not being able to stop it. And after being confronted with the police discovery of Matthew’s body, Joshua can be seen telling detectives how he had seen his father appear with two knives — and was then left to deal with the aftermath.

“I ran … I didn’t look back,” he said. “It was all I could do. I walked past, and went into my room … Matt was dead, he wasn’t moving. There was an amount of blood. I dragged him out on the ladder … I couldn’t carry him … Dad had left.”

The trial has been told that Mr Fisher had left to watch the AFL grand final between Sydney and the Western Bulldogs. When he returned hours later, the burial was complete.

“I just told him, ‘I put him in the hole … it’s done’,” Joshua said.

Asked why he had not alerted police, Joshua said: “Because I’m afraid … of you lot.

“I thought it was safer to hide him. Now we’ve made it all worse. I didn’t want the family torn apart.”

Mr Fisher is charged with murder and his children with being accessories by helping dispose of the body and cleaning up the bloodied mess.

The trial continues.

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