A TERMINALLY ill man charged with murdering his 83-year-old wife told police he wanted to put her out of her misery, a Perth court has heard.
Harold Barclay, 85, is accused of strangling to death his wife Nancy, who had Alzheimer’s disease, at their Alexander Heights home on January 24.
Mr Barclay was initially taken to hospital but was later moved to Casuarina prison.
The WA Supreme Court was told on Wednesday during a bail application hearing that Mrs Barclay failed to take her sleeping tablets and Mr Barclay found her sitting at a dining table at 5am the next day.
Mrs Barclay collapsed when he tried to help her and he then allegedly strangled his wife, later telling police he wanted to put her out of her misery.