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Sydney girlfriend killer guilty of murder

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 By Rebekah Ison

A "besotted" Sydney man who fractured his girlfriend's skull and wrote what was supposed to be his suicide note on a wall has been found guilty of murder.

Shahram Hejabian, who was a refugee in Turkey and suffers from PTSD, had pleaded not guilty to the charge, saying he was of substantially impaired mind when he killed Nouha Salame in his Doonside home in 2014.

But a NSW Supreme Court jury on Thursday rejected the 40-year-old's submission and delivered a murder verdict after about two hours of deliberations.

Ms Salame's daughter, Sarah, told the trial her mother considered her relationship with Hejabian a "casual friendship" but that he became obsessive and would turn up unannounced.

She also told the court Hejabian had threatened his mother with death if she didn't marry him.

"We didn't take it seriously," Sarah Salame told the court.

"We thought it was an empty threat."

The court heard Ms Salame's body was found in the hallway - wrapped in a doona with her head on a pillow.

Hejabian, who has used a walking frame throughout the trial, was found "effectively dying" in a nearby room where he'd written a note in felt pen.

In the letter, which was written in the Farsi Language, Hejabian complained Ms Salame had broken his heart, the court heard

He finished it by saying he loved "this lady" and "farewell".

Hejabian at first said he couldn't remember anything about the incident but began giving contradictory pieces of information once he was released from hospital and arrested.

The court heard Ms Salame had been hit in the head with something like a hammer but ultimately died of asphyxia.

There was evidence she may have had her neck compressed or face covered while unconscious, the court heard.

During closing submissions, defence barrister Mark Austin argued his client's very serious suicide attempt and a lack of evidence that he had previously been physically violent to Ms Salame supported his impairment case.

Prosecutor Tony McCarthy submitted the killing was the "ultimate act of domestic violence".

He said Hejabian's letter indicated he believed "if he had to live without her (Ms Salame) then she could not live".

Sentencing submissions are expected on November 18.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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