You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Murder accused left message on wall: court

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016 Miranda Forster

An Iranian-born man who allegedly murdered his girlfriend and tried to take his own life left a long message on his wall railing against "this filthy country" and the woman who "used" him, a court has heard.

Shahram Hejabian, 40, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering separated mother-of-three Nouha Salame at his home at Doonside, in Sydney's west, in April 2014.

The court has heard Ms Salame was found dead in the hallway with a fractured skull while Hejabian was in a heavily sedated state in a bedroom with a message in felt pen in the Persian language, Farsi, on the wall.

Interpreter Jaklin Naimi read her English translation of the long and at-times nonsensical message in court on Tuesday.

"With the difficulties that I have endured in Turkey as a refugee I wish I had never come to this filthy country," it began.

His brother-in-law had described the place as "a country of women".

"You can do whatever you want and they will listen to women everywhere, I went through so much because of them," the message said.

It complained that "on the surface they show this is a country that looks after people" and suggested it was a "false pretence".

It lamented a lack of financial support for looking after Hejabian's schizophrenic wife and how he had met a lady who "made me many promises that she will make me a happy man".

"From feelings point of view this lady had broken my heart," the note said.

"She kept changing her words, she would say I love you but she did not, she used me in every way".

The woman had left him a year ago, the message continued, and had "played with my feelings" and "caused me much torment".

"If I had gone and told what this lady has done to me police and nowhere (sic) else would not have believed me and would have taken her side," it said, before ending with "farewell".

The crown says Hejabian murdered Ms Salame then attempted to take his own life with an overdose of prescription drugs.

At the start of the trial defence lawyer Mark Austin said the issue would be whether, at the time Hejabian inflicted the injuries, he was in a mental state which could reduce his criminal liability to manslaughter.

The trial continues.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon