Senior citizen found guilty of killing ex-wife’s new partner with tomahawk in Yokine flat
An elderly Perth man who killed his ex-wife’s new partner with a tomahawk and attempted to kill her has been convicted of murder by a WA Supreme Court jury.
Etem Duga, 76, was found guilty of murdering 73-year-old Philip Fidel, and attempting to kill Vickie Fidel, at the Yokine flat where the couple was living on October 21, 2016.
Duga was also found guilty of attempting to murder a neighbour of the Fidels, and intending to cause bodily harm to another man living at the complex.
The court heard Duga went to the unit on Shakespeare Avenue disguised as a delivery worker, and armed with a knife and tomahawk.
Duga attacked Mr Fidel in the first-floor unit before chasing his ex-wife down the stairs and hitting a neighbour — who tried to stop him — in the face with the tomahawk.
Ms Fidel ran into the unit of another neighbour, who smashed a bowl over Duga’s head, but Duga stabbed him in the chest.
The neighbour managed to wrestle Duga to the ground and held him until police arrived.
Mr Fidel suffered 18 wounds to his head and neck, along with a fractured skull, and died of blood loss.
Vickie Fidel (right) leaves the court with a supporter after giving evidence in the case. (ABC News: Rebecca Turner )
Ex-wife says Duga threatened to kill her
During the trial, which began last Thursday, the prosecution said Duga had arrived at the unit dressed as a delivery worker in a high-visibility top.
Ms Fidel told the court that after Duga attacked Mr Fidel, she had run from the unit screaming, as Duga called out to her, “I’m going to kill you”.
The court heard Duga and Ms Fidel, who had two children together, had been married for 40 years before she left him to live with Mr Fidel.
Duga told the court Ms Fidel took out a violence restraining order against him and forced him out of their Dianella house after he returned from a holiday to Europe.
On Wednesday, while giving evidence in his defence, Duga told the court he had hired a private detective to find out where Ms Fidel was living, because he wanted to return to their family home.
Duga said he later divorced Ms Fidel after he found out she had a new partner and “forgot” about her.
Vickie and Philip Fidel were living together at the Yokine unit. (ABC News: Robert Koenig-Luck)
The court heard Ms Fidel had met her now-deceased partner at a local gym, where they struck up a friendship which turned into a romantic relationship.
Supreme Court Justice Lindy Jenkins will sentence Duga in February 2019.