A man accused of strangling his father and beating him with a baseball bat in the New South Wales Blue Mountains says the death was a suicide, a court has heard.
Joshua John Ravindran, 21, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his father, Ravi, in a Medlow Bath house on April 23, 2011.
Ravindran, then 19, called the emergency number that morning to report a suicide, the NSW Supreme Court heard today.
''My dad just killed himself. He hung himself," Ravindran told the operator.
Ravindran told police it made him angry and he started hitting his dead father with a baseball bat.
Crown prosecutor Terry Thorpe said Ravi Ravindran suffered head and neck injuries, which were caused by his son strangling him with a rope and beating him.
"Your honour will ultimately reject the suggestion that the deceased took his own life," Thorpe told Justice Stephen Campbell in his opening address on the first day of the judge-alone trial.
"[The cause of death was] a combination of head and neck injuries which were caused by the accused."
But defence barrister, Stephen Russell, said a case for murder could not be made out.
"We say reasonable doubt exists because the evidence cannot exclude that the deceased hanged himself and was then struck by my client," Russell said.
"Evidence will be given of some of the important aspects and dynamics of that relationship to place the accused's reaction in context."
The court heard the father was found with a white rope around his neck in the bedroom, with a baseball bat lying nearby.
The trial continues.
- Sydney Morning Herald