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Cut on alleged killer's hand in police pic

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

A jury has been shown police mug shots of a Northern Territory man with a cut on his hand taken hours after he allegedly stabbed his estranged wife to death.

Alice Springs man Darren Ashley is accused of fatally stabbing his ex-partner Kirsty Ashley 27 times in 2012 because he was enraged she had left him.

The prosecution tendered police photos of the accused, showing a cut on his right hand, taken on the day of the death to the NT Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutor David Morters said Mrs Ashley was talking on the phone to her step daughter on May 15, 2012 when the call was cut short by a "blood-curdling scream". It happened weeks after she walked out on her husband of 16 years.

Wearing gloves, the accused allegedly entered Mrs Ashley's brother's house in Alice Springs where she was staying at the time, and used a number of knives to kill Ms Ashley in a "frenzied attack".

Senior constable Jasen Machacek showed the jury photos of blood stains on doors and windows and bloodied shoe marks at the crime scene while giving evidence.

The forensic investigator said police discovered the victim's phone in a hollow log in a nearby park after they called it.

The prosecution said Ashley dumped it there on his way to a friend's place at nearby Spicer Crescent.

The crime scene investigator said he found a blood stain on the gate of this house.

The jury was shown a number of bent and broken kitchen knives and a pair of tongs which were allegedly dumped in a drain by Ashley near the murder scene.

The crown says Ashley stabbed his wife with such ferocity some of the knives snapped off, and he used the tongs to pick broken fragments from his victim's body.

The blood-spattered "elvish" ceremonial sword Ashley allegedly planted next to the body of his ex-partner as a decoy to throw police off the scent was also tendered as evidence.

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