Man accused of murdering his partner 'argued about ice'

A Perth couple argued about the quality of methamphetamine they had taken before the woman was found dead with ligature marks around her neck, a court has heard.

Damien Couzens is on trial in the Supreme Court of WA, charged with murdering his on-and-off partner of 10 years Jody Websdale at her Midland unit in March last year.

Before the 42-year-old was found unresponsive in the courtyard, she had taken meth and other drugs including cannabis and benzodiazepenes, while he had shot up meth and drunk alcohol, the court heard on Wednesday.

Jody Websdale (left), pictured with her son Kirk Ugle before her death in March last year

Jody Websdale (left), pictured with her son Kirk Ugle before her death in March last year

Damien Couzens is on trial for the murder of Jody Websdale at the Supreme Court of WA

Damien Couzens is on trial for the murder of Jody Websdale at the Supreme Court of WA

Prosecutor Les Hobson said a visitor looked outside to check on them and saw Couzens standing over Ms Websdale holding a broom or a pole, saying 'get up' and trying to wake her by nudging her with his foot.

Mr Hobson said the visitor described Couzens as seeming 'really aggro' as he went back inside to make some food, closing the curtains behind him and turning up music.

Mr Hobson said the visitor went briefly to his sister's unit, which was in the same complex, and when he returned, Couzens looked 'really scared' and said: 'Help me try and wake her up.'

The court heard

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