Husband Who Hit Wife With Bat As She Slept 'Just Exploded'
A man who bashed his sleeping wife with a baseball bat just wanted to give her "a lump on the head", a Brisbane trial has heard.
Glen Douglas Cobb, 53, has admitted to striking his estranged wife, Michelle in November 2014 but pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
Brisbane's Supreme Court heard on Wednesday his wife had been seeing another man after their marriage broke down in June but the couple had both refused to leave the family home where two of their teenaged children also lived.
In his opening submissions, prosecutor Philip McCarthy said Mrs Cobb was fast asleep on her stomach when her husband returned home in the early hours of the morning and struck her in the back of the head with a wooden baseball bat.
Mr McCarthy said Cobb then attempted to take his own life by stabbing himself in the leg before calling triple-zero.
"I have hit my wife over the head with a baseball bat," Cobb told the operator.
The court heard Cobb refused to check on his wife's condition when asked and later told police he just "exploded".
"I thought bugger it, I will whack her on the head," he said.
Mr McCarthy said Cobb told police he immediately regretted striking his wife and tried to stop the bleeding with a pillow.
Mrs Cobb suffered a fractured skull and was placed in an induced coma.
The court heard she would likely have died if it had not been for the neurological experts at Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Defence lawyer Carl Heaton told the jury what Cobb did was not contested and the issue at the trial was his intention at the time.
The trial continues.
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