A DOCTOR accused of murdering his wife to be with his new lover “held hands” with her as the couple visited his wife’s body at the morgue, a court has heard.
Sydney GP Dr Brian Crickitt is on trial for allegedly murdering Christine Crickitt, 61, by injecting her in the buttock with fast-acting insulin on New Year’s Eve almost seven years ago.
Dr Crickitt, 63, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife inside their home at Woodbine in southwestern Sydney between 8pm on December 31, 2009 and 8.15am on January 1, 2010.
NSW Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Dr Crickitt had several motives for murder, including his wife’s $500,000 life insurance policy.
In his opening address, Mr Tedeschi said that the GP had embarked on “an intensely emotional relationship” with Linda Livermore and had suggested they marry.
“For some years prior to her death, their relationship had become quite toxic and it was quite clear that the accused was deeply unhappy in his marriage,” Mr Tedeschi told the court.
Mr Tedeschi said Dr Crickitt, who was treating his wife for some of her illnesses, either forcibly administered insulin via a syringe or lied to his wife about the medication and she agreed, thinking it was a legitimate treatment.
Two days earlier, Dr Crickitt had done a Google search on “intentional insulin overdose”, the court heard
After injecting her, he remained in their house until she was either semiconscious, in a coma or dead, Mr Tedeschi told the court.
Dr Crickitt’s defence counsel, Tim Gartelmann, SC, said that insulin did not cause Christine Crickitt’s death and there was no evidence that she died from the drug.
An autopsy could not determine a cause of death.
Following his wife’s death, the court was told, Dr Crickitt spent the night with Ms Livermore and the pair were seen holding hands when he visited the morgue to see his wife’s body.