Peter Rex Dansie, who killed his wheelchair-bound wife by pushing her into a pond in Adelaide, is guilty of a “despicable, cold and callous” crime, his son told the court.
Dansie was found guilty in December of the murder of his 67-year-old wife Helen, by pushing her wheelchair into a pond in Veale Gardens, in Adelaide Park, in 2017.
In a victim impact statement that was read to the South Australian Supreme Court on Tuesday, his son Grant said it was a relief when his father was convicted.
Peter Rex Dansie (photo left), who killed his wheelchair-bound wife Helen Dansie (photo right) by pushing her into a pond in Adelaide, was found guilty of her death in 2017
Outside the court, his son Grant Dansie (photo on the right) would not even refer to Dansie as his father and instead said he was “sick” to imagine his mother’s last moment
“I’m glad Peter Dansie was finally found guilty after the despicable, cold and callous crime,” Grant Dansie said.
“It was nauseous to think of how Mother spent her last moments. I really hope he gets the heaviest punishment he deserves.
“He never showed compassion or remorse for her death.
“I have no words for Peter Dansie because he doesn’t understand the insensitivity and cruelty of his crime.”
During his trial, the court heard that Dansie told the police that he briefly climbed into the pond after his wife fell but stepped out to call a triple zero.
He told an operator that he was trying to keep Mrs. Dansie’s head above water and maneuvering her to the edge of the pond in an unsuccessful attempt to save her.
But prosecutors argued that it was no coincidence that Mrs. Dansie’s wheelchair ended up in the pond and that her husband’s story was unbelievable.
On Tuesday, prosecutor Jim Pearce QC called for Dansie to have a non-conditional period that exceeded the mandatory minimum of 20 years, arguing that the murder was far from the bottom of objective severity
“This was a premeditated murder.” He pushed her inside, “Mr. Pearce said.
However, lawyer Greg Mead said that Dansie had cared for his wife for 20 years after having suffered a stroke, and due to his health problems, even the mandatory minimum sentence would probably exceed his expected life.
Dansie pushed his disabled wife Helen (photo) into a pond in Veale Gardens, in the Adelaide parks, in 2017, before calling triple zero and claiming he had tried to save her
Dansie did not plead guilty of death but was found guilty of murder, with Justice Lovell revealing that all “four elements of murder” had been proven beyond reasonable doubt (the scene of the murder)
Dansie, 71, had argued not guilty of indictment for murder, but it was proven by justice David Lovell after a court case alone.
Justice Lovell ruled that all four elements of murder had been proven without reasonable doubt.
“In other words, I notice that Mr. Dansie, deliberately and with the intention of killing Mrs. Dansie, pushed her wheelchair in which she sat into the pond in the gardens,” he said.
“As a result of that action Mrs. Dansie drowned in the pond.”
Grant Dansie said in his statement that he and his mother were extremely close, but that his father’s “heinous actions” had taken her away.
“She did what she could to ensure that I had a good life and to protect me from Peter Dansie,” he said.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t protect her against Peter Dansie.”
Dansie will be sentenced later this month.
Grant Dansie said in his statement that he and his mother were extremely close, but that his father’s “heinous actions” had taken her away