A MELBOURNE man grabbed the ”biggest knife he could find” before stabbing his wife to death in an argument over Facebook at their Narre Warren home last August, the Victorian Supreme Court has heard.
Ron Felicite, 28, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife of five years, Marie Juliette, in their home on August 30 last year.
The couple’s four-year-old son is believed to have witnessed his mother’s death.
The pre-sentence hearing yesterday heard the relationship between the couple was ”peppered with difficulties” that prompted them to undergo relationship counselling.
Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said Felicite had underlying anger management problems which had led his wife to call police on at least two occasions, and while she had expressed a desire to leave him, she feared it would cause him to commit suicide.
The court heard that the day before Ms Felicite’s murder, the pair argued about her relationship with a man named ”Dino” she had met on the Facebook social networking website
The couple had counselling that day and Ms Felicite, 29, told her husband she was no longer in love with him and had feelings for Dino which she wanted to pursue.
Later, the couple argued, the court heard. ”It was in the kitchen that the prisoner grabbed two kitchen knives – including the biggest knife he could find – and stabbed and cut at the neck of the deceased,” Ms Barbagallo said.
Felicite went to Narre Warren police station and confessed to the crime.
Psychiatrist Daniel Sullivan testified that Felicite’s ”major depressive disorder” may have contributed to his relationship problems.
The pre-sentence hearing will continue on Monday.