Jury retires to decide over murder-accused Bribie pensioner

THE jury in in the murder trial of a Bribie Island pensioner has retired to begin its deliberations.

Anthony John Phillips has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife, Joan, at their Bongaree home in June, 2011.

He has faced trial in Brisbane Supreme Court this week.

Mr Phillips, 71, is accused of hitting his wife with a claw hammer.

The former concreter claimed he was provoked after his wife of 26 years came at him with a hammer and called him lazy.

After four days of evidence, the jury began deliberations on Friday morning.

The trial had heard police found Mrs Phillips' bloodied body on her bedroom floor on June, 20, 2011.

Mr Phillips told police he asked his wife, who was on the floor with a head injury, if she wanted an ambulance but he refused.

The pensioner told police he then took multiple sleeping tablets because if his wife "was going to go then he was going too".



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