Maureen Boyce death: Jury hears Thomas Lang’s triple-0 call after socialite was fatally stabbed
Murder accused Thomas Lang told a triple-0 operator he found Brisbane socialite Maureen Boyce impaled to a bed with a knife and that it appeared “self-induced”, a court has heard.
The call, played at Brisbane Supreme Court, was made by Mr Lang on the morning Ms Boyce was found dead at her Kangaroo Point apartment on October 22, 2015.
Mr Lang, the on-and-off lover of Ms Boyce, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 68-year-old.
“I just woke up this morning and found my fiance dead in her bed with a knife in her abdomen,” Mr Lang told the operator.
“There’s been no forced entry … it looks self-induced from what I can tell.”
Mr Lang was staying with the former model at the time of her death and his legal team has suggested she took her own life.
But prosecutors have accused Mr Lang of stabbing Ms Boyce “in a jealous rage” because she would not leave her husband of more than 40 years and had been texting another man.
Lang also told the triple-0 operator that Ms Boyce was trying to sell her apartment and had become upset.
During the call, which lasted about a minute, Mr Lang also told the operator he was visiting from New Zealand.
“Are you alright?” the operator asked.
“No, I’m not alright” Mr Lang replied.
Maureen Boyce ‘reasonably settled’: psychiatrist
Earlier, Ms Boyce’s psychiatrist told the trial his client was not “at any risk” of suicide two days before her death.
Dr Mark Spelman treated Ms Boyce for about 15 years and last saw her at an appointment two days before she was found dead in her Kangaroo Point apartment in October 2015.
“What was your opinion of her condition as of the 20th October?” Prosecutor David Meredith asked.
“At the time that I saw her I thought she was reasonably settled,” Dr Spelman replied.
“She would normally have told me if she was feeling suicidal.
“She told me repeatedly in the past when she was suicidal.
“I didn’t believe she was at any risk of taking her life at that time.”
Dr Spelman testified that Ms Boyce was hospitalised for mental health issues four times under his care.
The last occasion was in April 2015 before her daughter’s wedding, when she was admitted for less than two weeks and had four treatments of electroconvulsive therapy.
The psychiatrist told the court the mother-of-two would frequently have “up and downs in her mood”.
“She was a very attention seeking individual,” Dr Spelman said.
“She was very focused on her appearance.
“She would at times be quite impulsive in her relationships with men.”
The trial continues.