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Australia Samantha Fraser lived in 'constant fear' before alleged murder by former husband, court hears

08:15  21 october  2019
08:15  21 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A committal hearing for a man accused of murdering his former wife on Phillip Island last year has heard he was accused of being a "controlling, manipulative" and "abusive" husband.

Adrian James Basham is accused of killing Samantha Fraser, 38, at her Cowes home, south-east of Melbourne, on July 23 last year.

The psychologist was found dead in her garage after she did not collect her three children from primary school.

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Ms Fraser's brother-in-law Luke Henderson, who is married to Ms Fraser's sister Josephine, was cross-examined by the defence.

Mr Henderson, who is a clinical psychologist in Melbourne, told the committal hearing at Latrobe Valley Magistrates' Court that Ms Fraser had told her family she was considering ending the marriage in early 2017, more than a year before her death.

He told the court Ms Fraser and Mr Basham separated and then got back together before separating for the final time in early 2017.

"Sam was breaking down mentally, she lost heaps of weight. When I hugged her she was trembling. She was living in constant fear," he said.

"I'd ask her if she was alright, she'd say things are really tough."

'Everything needed to be a certain way'

Mr Henderson, 35, appeared in court via video link and said he was unaware of any dispute between Mr Basham and Ms Fraser relating to custody of their two daughters and son, or property.

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"She said Adrian had [physically] backed her into a corner and intimidated her and she was scared of Adrian," Mr Henderson told the court.

Mr Henderson said Adrian Basham was "controlling, manipulative and on that occasion, it also sounded like it was physically abusive".

He told the committal hearing he had witnessed Mr Basham's behaviour in that regard.

"For example, if you wore your shoes inside he was very obsessive-compulsive about that. He would take them off your feet and take them outside. Everything needed to be a certain way," Mr Henderson said.

Mr Henderson said Ms Fraser had started a new relationship with a man whom he met the day before she died.

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Ms Fraser's friend, Nadine Leed, told the hearing Mr Basham was a fly-in, fly-out worker who would spend up to five weeks away on Barrow Island in Western Australia.

She said Ms Fraser's stress levels would increase in the days leading up to his return from shifts away.

"If he was due to come home on a Thursday I knew her stress levels would start rising on Tuesday," Ms Leed told the court.

"She was in a panicked state, she said we couldn't catch up because she had to vacuum the car to make sure not a single grain of sand was in the car and to make sure not a single thing was out of place."

"She had to have cans and jars in the fridge with the labels facing outwards."

Ms Leed told the committal hearing Ms Fraser kept a diary detailing her appointments, the people she'd meet and even when she had her period.

The hearing continues.

Samantha Fraser's former husband Adrian Basham to face trial over her alleged murder on Phillip Island .
Adrian Basham has been committed to stand trial over the death of his wife and mother of their three children, Samantha Fraser, found dead in her Phillip Island garage.Adrian James Basham, 42, pleaded not guilty to murdering Samantha Fraser, 38, at Cowes on Phillip Island in eastern Victoria on July 23, 2018.

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