A Perth man has died after a girlfriend stoned him to death, a court has heard.
Key points:John Wray was found dead in his home in MarchThe court heard the victim was found to be in the throes of “praise the lord” after the stoner allegedly attacked himMr Wray, who was in his 30s, was a father of two, and was believed to be suffering from mental illness.
In a victim impact statement read out to the court, his daughter, Rebecca Wray said her father “would not have been happy with his death” had he not taken the cannabis “for granted”.
“It would have made a huge difference in his life,” she said.
John Wraights death was recorded as a homicide by the coronial inquest into his death.”
He would have enjoyed every moment of it.”
John Wraights death was recorded as a homicide by the coronial inquest into his death.
A woman’s testimony said she had tried to help him with his cannabis addiction and that she thought she was helping his girlfriend.
“She was the one that got him high,” she told the inquest.
“They were having sex, and he was smoking cannabis, and I think she tried to make him feel better, but he wasn’t interested.”
The inquest heard John was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was being treated at Perth Hospital for the use of a “psychotropic” medication called clonazepam, which was prescribed to him by his GP.
“I think she was trying to help, and she just didn’t know what to do,” Mr Wray’s daughter said.
The court also heard that Rebecca Wraleys boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had tried unsuccessfully to help John, telling her that “he was not getting the help he needed”.
The inquest also heard Rebecca was diagnosed as bipolar disorder and was taking antipsychotic medication.
In her statement to the coroner, she said her relationship with John was strained by the drug use, which had escalated over time.
She said John had been “very close to me and my family”, but they had “never had any contact, or had any interaction whatsoever”.
“He would often say ‘I don’t care what you do, I am your dad’, and that he did not like to talk about the things that he was doing to me.”
“I have been trying to explain to him that the medication was for him, that he had nothing to worry about.”
That was my best attempt at understanding him.
“But the problem was that he would just ignore it.”
Rebecca said John also “would talk about drugs and his mum would tell him that he could not smoke any more”.
She said he would also have “a very hard time with people who are not on the drug” and that “there was a very big problem” with drugs at home.
“And that was the main thing, that John was a drug user, that was what was affecting him.
I think that he just couldn’t cope with it,” she wrote.
John’s partner, a police officer who cannot say her name for legal purposes, testified that John “did not appear to be depressed at all”.
She also said the couple had a good relationship and that they “loved each other”.
The hearing continues.
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