Phillip Island wife Samantha Fraser told friends she was afraid of former husband, told a murder case

Ms. Le Roy said Ms. Fraser would be attending one of her art classes the day she died, but sent a text that morning to say she was feeling unwell.

Mrs. Fraser’s brother-in-law, Luke Henderson, recalled that Mrs. Fraser looked “appalled” and pale around the time of the divorce and that she would “visibly tremble” when he approached to hug her.

But Mr Henderson and other witnesses said Ms Fraser’s mood improved and by 2018 she was positive, working, exercising and appearing healthy and content with her life.

Fraser celebrated her 38th birthday with a party the day before her death and one of the guests, Rebecca McFarlane, said her friend was relaxed, happy and “looking ahead to the future”.

“She was happy with where she was,” Ms McFarlane said.

Two other witnesses said their friend never talked about harming himself.

Nadine Leeds was asked if Mrs Fraser has ever expressed thoughts of harming or killing herself. She replied, “Absolutely not at all.”

Another friend, Alice Munro, was asked the same question and replied, “Never.”

Ms McFarlane recalled an interaction with Mr Basham after he and Ms Fraser broke up, when the accused man criticized his former partner.

Ms McFarlane said she saw Mr Basham in a supermarket in early 2018 and he called Mr Fraser “disgusting”, called her a liar and manipulator, and said she was an “absolute shame” for taking his three children from him .

The process continues.

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