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Jury retires in NSW 'besotted' killer case

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

A jury is deliberating in the case of a "besotted" Sydney man, who killed his girlfriend and left a suicide note written on a bedroom wall.

Shahram Hejabian, who spent time as a refugee in Turkey and suffers from PTSD, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Nouha Salame on the basis that he was of substantially impaired mind when she died at his Doonside home in 2014.

The 40-year-old's NSW Supreme Court trial has heard Ms Salame sustained skull fractures and was asphyxiated before her body was found in a doona with her head on a pillow in Hejabian's hallway.

It also heard Hejabian was found "effectively dying" from a medication overdose in a room where he'd written in felt pen that Ms Salame had broken his heart.

He signed off the letter by saying he loved "this lady" and "farewell", the court heard.

The jury retired around 12:15pm on Wednesday.

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