A man has told Perth Coroner’s Court a woman had a fight with her partner on the night she died of a gunshot wound.
- The court heard Amy Wensley and her partner had fought about alcohol
- Gareth Price told the court he had never before seen the pair fight
- Mr Price has denied any involvement in Ms Wensley’s death
An inquest is being held into the shooting death of Amy Wensley at her Serpentine home in 2014, which detectives initially believed was suicide.
The inquest has been called to determine if the 24-year-old died of her own hand or whether someone else was involved.
Friend Gareth Price told the court that until the day she died he had never seen Ms Wensley and her partner David Simmons being violent towards each other.
“Verbal, that’s about it,” he said.
“Wasn’t out of the ordinary.”
He told the court his ex-wife told him Ms Wensley had discussed suicide with her, asking if she had ever thought of killing herself.
This was on the day she died, Mr Price told the court.
Later that day, he said, he saw Ms Wensley assaulting Mr Simmons in their house.
He told the court she “punched him twice in the head and headbutted him” before hitting him with a mirror.
Couple had ‘fight about alcohol’
Mr Price said Ms Wensley then smashed a lizard tank in the shed and he helped clean it up.
He told the court that Ms Wensley’s two young daughters were upset, saying: “What did you do that for, Mum?” as the lizards were their pets.
When asked if he knew what the fight was about, Mr Price told the court: “She hated him drinking — they were fighting about alcohol.”
Ms Wensley started packing the car to take the girls away, making three trips between the house and the vehicle, Mr Price said.
Then, he heard a “thud” and he wondered if Ms Wensley had broken something else inside the house.
Mr Price moved gun, court hears
Mr Price became distressed as he provided his account of finding Ms Wensley’s body, telling the court Mr Simmons went inside the house before running back out asking: “Is she alive, bro?”
Mr Price said he then entered the house and went into the bedroom, where he found Ms Wensley on the floor with a shotgun lying on her body.
“Honestly, I don’t now have a clue why I moved the gun,” he told the court, and he motioned how he “flicked” it off her lap onto the floor.
He said before he moved it the barrel of the gun was pointing towards her head.
Mr Price admitted to the court that he went back to the room to see if Ms Wensley’s phone was on her body, as he and Mr Simmons needed to call emergency services.
But he asserted that he only patted her body and did not actually move it.
Mr Price said Ms Wensley had shot herself and he was “100 per cent sure” Mr Simmons did not kill her.
Mr Price denies involvement in death
He said he and Mr Simmons had used drugs together, and Ms Wensley did too, but none had on the day of her death.
When Mr Price was asked by Coroner Sarah Linton if he himself had any involvement in Ms Wensley receiving the fatal injury, he said he did not.
The coroner also asked him if he had worked on a version of events with Mr Simmons, but Mr Price said he had not.
He told the coroner he could understand why Ms Wensley’s family members might be confused about the circumstances of her death.
Earlier, the court heard from Joshua Bryden, who had been at the house before the shooting.
Mr Bryden told the court he saw Ms Wensley having a physical fight with her partner on the day she died.
Mr Bryden said: “Amy was the one that was angry” and that Mr Simmons was trying to control her.
He told the court it was “very unusual” as he had never seen the couple involved in a physical altercation before.
Mr Bryden said Ms Wensley had seemed “really happy” earlier in the day.
Outside court Ms Wensley’s mother Nancy Kirk said today would have been her daughter’s 31st birthday.
“Instead of being at home with her daughters celebrating Amy’s birthday, we’re here doing this, trying to get justice for her because police didn’t do their jobs properly on the first night,” Ms Kirk said.
An Internal Affairs Unit investigation had found the initial investigation was inadequate.