A SUNSHINE Coast doctor who was managing the drug dependencies of a couple now the subject of a murder trial has described often seeing injuries on the woman.
Dr Paul McKibbin told Brisbane Supreme Court he saw Noelene Beutel, 35, after she had been to the hospital with broken teeth and injuries to her face, head and torso but it was not the only time.
"There were a number of occasions she was sporting bruises and injuries," he testified.
"She told me Wayn had been responsible."
Wayn Edward Raymond McClutchie, 38, has admitted he killed Ms Beutel in a violent confrontation at their Buderim home in June, 2011, used a wheelie bin to cart her body to the boot of her car and then drove it to Tanawha bushland where he set it on fire.
But he says he is not guilty of murder because he did not intend to kill her.
Dr McKibbin said Mr McClutchie was on cocktail of drugs to "jolly him along" until he could have hip replacement surgery.
He said his patient was on numerous painkillers, including addictive opiates, for his back and hip injury, which occurred while he was working as a fisherman, as well as anti-depressants and anxiety medication.
Dr McKibbin said Mr McClutchie complained of anger management problems, that he had done a course and undertaken yoga to help.
He said Ms Beutel was also dependent on a range of prescription medications.
The doctor was so concerned about the frequency with which the couple requested drugs that he called a doctor shopping hotline to check on them.
But they were not flagged so Dr McKibbin said he had to believe they were genuine.
The court has heard Mr McClutchie and Ms Beutel were also regular illicit drug users.
The Crown has alleged Ms Beutel, who left Mr McClutchie two days before she died, that he had threatened to kill her in the lead up to her death.
A domestic violence order was in place.
The trial continues.