New details have emerged on the alleged murder of an 85-year-old South Australian great-grandmother found dead inside a home in Adelaide’s western suburbs.
Maria Dimasi was found dead at a property in Findon following reports of an incident at the address on Saturday night.
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Her 91-year-old husband Frank Dimasi was arrested at the home and was yesterday charged with her alleged murder and refused bail.
A police prosecutor told Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday that Dimasi had called triple-0 himself about 11.20pm on Saturday, with police arriving six minutes later.
Dimasi was found seated at the kitchen table, allegedly heavily intoxicated, “with blood on his clothing, arms and hands” with a kitchen-style knife located close by.
“He said he was sorry and that he killed his wife and that she deserved it,” the police prosecutor said.
Paramedics pronounced Maria dead at 11.31pm, having suffered “significant wounds to the head, upper body and legs …” according to the police prosecutor.
Maria Dimasi was allegedly murdered by her husband in her Adelaide home. Credit: 7NEWS
Dimasi was not present when his matter was heard at court, his lawyer allegedly stating he had been “unconscious” for most of the day.
A prominent member of Adelaide’s Italian community, “Nonna Maria” as she was affectionately known, is being remembered for her contribution to providing meals for the elderly and vulnerable through Nonna’s Cucina, a community meal services run by her grandson.
It was also revealed Maria had attended an awards night celebrating women just hours before she was allegedly murdered by her husband.
The Progetto Donna awards “recognises the outstanding achievements and contributions of women in the Italo-Australian community” according to event host Com.It.Es website.
The Dimasi family released a statement describing Maria as a “caring” and “wonderful woman” who was “loved by many”.
“We will always remember Maria for her warmth, caring nature, compassion and her beautiful smile,” they said.
“Maria enjoyed sharing her passion for cooking, including teaching others and through her voluntary contribution at Nonna’s Cucina.”
Maria’s death was the sixth alleged domestic violence related killing in South Australia in the last month.