Police believe this makes Donald Morley the oldest person in the Australian Capital Territory to be charged with murder.
During his first court appearance in August, he joined the proceedings via video link from the Canberra Hospital, where he was admitted after attempting to take his own life.
A statement of facts previously tendered in court revealed that Mr Morley had been battling dementia for at least the last year of her life, struggling with articulating thoughts and performing household tasks.
A note found on the kitchen counter writes: “Please don’t call this murder-suicide”.
“After 69 years married, we were both afraid of the future. Sorry to upset all our family and friends. This wasn’t easy for me, especially my darling”.
Mr Morley has been committed to the Supreme Court, where he is expected to be arraigned on the charge of murder in the coming weeks, paving the way for sentencing.
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