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WA man’s face ‘full of rage’ before killed

By AAP Newswire

The father of a woman who killed her de facto at their Perth home during a fight sparked by loud music says he thought he was dying when his daughter's partner tried to strangle him.

Tracey Bridgewater, 41, fatally stabbed Nicholas Josephs, 44, at their Hamilton Hill home in September 2018 after he assaulted her and her parents, who were visiting from England.

John Bridgewater told his daughter's manslaughter trial in the West Australian Supreme Court on Thursday the violence erupted after she threatened to call police over heavy metal Mr Josephs refused to stop blaring.

"He just charged up quite violently, very quickly, took hold of her and threw her up against the wall, very hard," Mr Bridgewater testified.

"I got up and tried to get a hold of him to get him off her.

"I remember (my wife) Diane coming over and trying to help.

"That's when he shouted 'I'm going to kill the f***ing lot of you and your f***ing dogs'."

He said his wife was pulled to the ground by her hair and "kicked her across the floor".

"I was still holding on to him," Mr Bridgewater said.

"Next thing I know ... he was on top of me, pushing down on me.

"My wife and Tracey were trying to get him off me, he was kicking at them.

"He bit my arm very ferociously as if he wanted to take a chunk out of it. It's still scarred."

Mr Bridgewater said his left eye socket was fractured as he was repeatedly punched by Mr Josephs, whose face was "full of rage".

"He was just pounding, pounding and pounding.

"His eyes were bulging and then he started to strangle me.

"It felt like an eternity.

"He was definitely trying to strangle me."

Mr Bridgewater said he blacked out as the punching continued and he thought he was dying.

When he regained consciousness, he saw Mr Josephs lying on the floor with his wife slumped next to him and staggered out of the house seeking help.

He said nobody came when he rang the bell at a neighbour's property and when someone answered the door at another house, he got no response to his plea for assistance.

While prosecutors say the accused should have called police or sought help from neighbours instead of stabbing Mr Josephs in the chest, the defence says she went next door while her father was being attacked but no one was home.

In a call to emergency services that was played in court, Bridgewater shouted out to someone in the background "they're not home - the police are on their way" after saying Mr Josephs "assaulted my parents because he's jealous" and had tried to bite her finger off.

Asked in another call if pressure had been placed on her partner's wound, she said no.

She is arguing self-defence.