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Jilted NT lover stabs wife to death: Crown

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

A Northern Territory man accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death carried out the "frenzied attack" believing she had cheated on him, his retrial has heard.

According to the Crown's case, Alice Springs man Darren Ashley stabbed ex-partner Kirsty Ashley 27 times at her brother's house in May 2012 because he was "intensely angry" she had left him.

"The accused became obsessed with Kirsty. He contacted her on 297 occasions over a two-week period before she sought a restraining order," prosecutor David Morters told the NT Supreme Court in his opening statement on Monday.

Mr Morters said Ashley then allegedly planted a ceremonial "elvish" sword beside the victim's body and "dipped it in a pool of blood to send police down the wrong path".

He then burnt his clothes and ditched the knives in a drain, Mr Morters said.

Ashley also allegedly hid the victim's phone in a hollow log, which police later discovered after calling it.

The court heard Ashley turned up to Alice Springs police station on the day of the murder saying was being hounded by a Bandidos bikie pursuing a bad debt.

"He handed over a note suggesting his life was in danger from a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang," Mr Morters said.

"It's a desperate attempt by the accused to shift the blame."

The Crown will use forensic samples from the accused's blood found at the scene and on Ms Ashley's telephone and jumper as evidence.

Witness testimony from police and family members including the victim's mother, who discovered Mrs Ashley's body, will also form part of the case.

Justice Dean Mildren told the jury the matter is a retrial.

"It's most important that you do not draw any adverse inference against the accused simply because it's a retrial," he said.

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