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Cecil Hills trial: Robynne Fraley has amnesia after being beaten by her husband


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Robynne Fraley (pictured) was beaten to within an inch of her life by her husband of 30 years. He has pleaded guilty to serious assault charges, claiming he did not intend to harm her

Robynne Fraley (pictured) was beaten to within an inch of her life by her husband of 30 years. He has pleaded guilty to serious assault charges, claiming he did not intend to harm her

A woman who was beaten to within an inch of her life by her husband with a hammer and knife has no memory of the assault, a court has heard. 

Robynne Fraley lay bleeding out with severe head injuries in the garage of her Cecil Hills home, west of Sydney after a sudden and brutal attack by her husband Robert Hilton Fraley on April 4 2016. 

At Mr Fraley’s trial at a NSW District Court on Wednesday, daughter Courtney Khannara said she ‘had been advised not to tell’ her mother about how she suffered the injuries.

‘My mum has suffered amnesia since the event and prior to the event,’ she told the court, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Mr Fraley is facing trial at the Downing Centre, charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm.

He has pleaded not guilty to both charges, on the claim he had not intended to harm her.

The jury heard that following a 30-year marriage, Mrs Fraley had left her family to live with another man.   

Robert Fraley (pictured being taken to hospital after being arrested) called 000 after the attack and said 'I suppose I'm going to jail', the court heard

Robert Fraley (pictured being taken to hospital after being arrested) called 000 after the attack and said ‘I suppose I’m going to jail’, the court heard

On the day of the attack, crown prosecutor Nick Borosh said Mrs Fraley had arrived at the front of the house to pick up belongings just before 12.30pm on April 4, 2016.

She walked out of view of CCTV cameras fixed to an adjacent home at 12.34pm, five minutes before police received a phone call from Mr Fraley.

The jury were played a series of chilling phone calls on Tuesday made to police by Mr Fraley in the aftermath of the attack.

‘I’m worried I’ve killed her,’ he told an officer at Green Valley Police Station over the phone. 

‘I suppose I’ll be going to jail.’

Mr Fraley then asked the officer whether they would be sending police to his house, explaining he would leave the garage door unlocked and was going for a drive, the court heard. 

He called a second time five minutes later to ask police: ‘Did you send someone out?’

Six minutes later he had a final conversation with police, admitting to going ‘ballistic’. 

‘I went ballistic, I never thought I had it in me,’ he said.

‘We’re having marriage problems. Is she dead? The kids will never forgive me.’

Mrs Fraley was taken to hospital with stab wounds to her neck and chest, along with serious injuries to her head where she had been struck. 

The trial continues. 

Mrs Fraley was found bleeding in the garage of their Cecil Hills home (pictured). She was taken to hospital in a critical condition but survived the beating 

Mrs Fraley was found bleeding in the garage of their Cecil Hills home (pictured). She was taken to hospital in a critical condition but survived the beating 

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