|Patrick Kirk Barrett, 39, of Toronto. (Handout)
TORONTO - An enraged Patrick Barrett killed his girlfriend "out of vengeance" and inflicted "staggering violence" when she refused to listen to him, a jury heard Tuesday.
In her closing address, Crown attorney Jill Cameron said Barrett "knew what he was doing" when he bludgeoned Lucita Charles, 27, with a heavy industrial hammer to the head, "the most vulnerable part of her body."
"Barrett wasn't in some uncontrollable state of mind - he didn't hit, push, punch or kick her," said Cameron, holding the heavy hammer in her hand.
Instead, Barrett, who was laying beside her on the bed, walked into the kitchen, pulled out a lethal weapon and then chose to attack the half-asleep woman with repeated blows to the head, said Cameron, urging the jury to convict Barrett of second-degree murder in the May 2010 slaying of Charles, mother of severely-disabled son Mataeo.
Barrett, 41, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.
After the slaying, Barrett picked through his Bible and neatly tore two pages, one of which stated: "That which is crooked cannot be made straight."
Then he stabbed those two pages to her chest.
Earlier, Charles told Barrett that, if she was pregnant, she wouldn't have his baby and she was asking him to leave.
"He was able to recount in minute detail three days later to police what happened. Just because he said he regretted doing it doesn't mean he didn't mean to do it," said Cameron.
Rage alone is no defence to murder, agreed defence lawyer Peter Bawden.
But rage, in combination with other circumstances such as his religious ferocity, can raise a reasonable doubt whether Barrett, in his own mind, intended to kill Charles, argued Bawden, urging the jury reach a manslaughter verdict.
Barrett is still suffering from a mental disturbance which is reflected in the Bible page stabbing and horrific violence, said Bawden.
Barrett - who had never threatened or hit Charles before and who lovingly cared for her son Mataeo - "crushes her skull" while she's lying in bed, said Bawden.
"She never saw it coming, nothing...that is frenzy. That is insane," said Bawden.
"It was the abortion, the thing that knocked Patrick Barrett off the edge, (that) caused him to lose it," said Bawden.
Madam Justice Nola Garton will deliver her final instructions Thursday.