- Nicholas Joseph died after being fatally stabbed by Tracey Bridgewater
- She says she was acting to protect herself and her parents
- Prosecutors did not hold any reasonable prospects of a conviction
Tracey Elizabeth Bridgewater, 42, first stood trial in January last year on a charge of unlawfully killing Nicholas Josephs, who was fatally stabbed at their house in Hamilton Hill in September 2018.
He was wounded in the chest during a violent argument which included him throwing Ms Bridgewater across a room, throwing her mother by the hair to the floor and strangling and repeatedly punching her father.
Prosecutors had alleged Ms Bridgewater deliberately stabbed Mr Josephs, but she maintained she had acted to protect herself and her parents because he was yelling repeatedly that he was going to kill them all.
The first Supreme Court trial ended with the jury being unable to reach a unanimous verdict and Ms Bridgewater’s second trial took place over the past week.
But it ended abruptly today when prosecutors told Justice Michael Corboy that after a review of the evidence, they had decided to discontinue the case because there were no longer any reasonable prospects of a conviction.
Row over loud music
The decision came after the jury heard evidence from Ms Bridgewater’s parents earlier in the week about the violence that erupted when Mr Josephs refused to turn down the volume of the heavy metal music he was playing.
Ms Bridgewater’s parents had come to Perth from the UK to celebrate her 40th birthday and also to meet Mr Josephs for the first time.
At their daughter’s first trial last year, they testified that they thought Mr Josephs was going to kill all three of them.
Ms Bridgewater gave evidence in her own defence at her first trial, telling the Supreme Court she picked up a knife from the kitchen because she felt she had no other way of protecting herself.
She described Mr Josephs as looking “like a crazed man” and said she had not stabbed him deliberately or with any intention.
Ms Bridgewater also testified that there were other times in their relationship when Mr Josephs had been violent to her, including pinning her to a couch and threatening to strangle her in front of other people in a bar.
She said on one occasion when Mr Josephs had picked up a knife, she had called police and he was given a 72-hour order to stay away from the house.
Ms Bridgewater had been on bail but after the case was dropped Justice Corboy told her she was free to go.