A re-trial is underway in New Zealand of a man accused of hacking two women with a samurai sword and shooting dead a man in a petrol station
[Antonie] Dixon was found guilty of the crimes in 2005 but the court of appeal quashed the convictions last year and granted another trial. The reasons for the decision are suppressed.
He was back in the dock again on Monday, and is facing a total of eight charges including murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and grievous bodily harm.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Murder accused Dixon ‘no part of this world’
The man accused of murder and a Samurai sword attack told a court today that he had “no part of this world” due to his religious upbringing.
Antonie Dixon was taking the stand to give evidence in his own defence at the High Court at Auckland today.
Speaking very quietly, Dixon told the court he “had no part of this world” due to his upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness.
Defence lawyer Barry Hart told the jury in his opening address that calling Dixon to give evidence was a big step but it was taken so Dixon could tell the jury about himself.
As a boy he was abused, he was tied to a clothesline and made to bark like a dog, he said.
His parents, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses, were more focused on their religion, with Dixon being pushed from pillar to post, he said.
Dixon sexually abused by mother, friends, court told
Murder accused Antonie Dixon described today how he was sexually abused as a child by his mother and family friends who were part of the Jehovah’s Witness church.
Dixon, 40, who has taken the stand in his own defence, told the High Court in Auckland that as a child his mother would padlock him to a fence and he would be routinely locked up, raped and molested.
“I understood from a young age that that was my role in life. To be ridiculed or persecuted,” he said.
Dixon said as he became older and stronger, more people were used to hold him down and rape him.
His mother, who he described as a schizophrenic, was among those who abused him, he said.
Dixon said his mother padlocked him to a fence where he developed an ability to speak telepathically with dogs, which was why he always got on with dogs.
Dixon said he thought he had grown up well as he had not molested any children despite the sexual abuse he suffered.
“The sexual abuse wasn’t too bad, there were about 20 people doing it on regular occasions, but there was violence,” he said.
Dixon said he heard “the voice of god” and said he thought of himself as “the chosen one”.
“It was a normal thing in Jehovah’s Witness when you hear things.”
As a child Dixon thought people were watching and following him.
“I thought the police were out to kill me and the Government had killed parts of my family.”
Dixon said he thought his reward would be in the next world.
His mother had taught him to be suspicious of other people and Dixon said he thought the world was a judgmental place.
Dixon said he had inherited his “demons” from his father and his mother had told him that was where his problems came from.
At the age of about 10 Dixon went into an institution.
Dixon described how he received messages from music or programmes which mentioned the “New World Order”.
Once he heard the messages they became a sign which led him to believe people were tracking him and trying to kill him, he said.
When defence lawyer Barry Hart asked if he seriously believed people were following him, Dixon replied: “Yes”, there was a conspiracy against him which continued to this day.
Planes – including a Boeing 747 – were used to follow him, his car and house were bugged and tracking devices had been put into his skin he said.
“They’re out to get me.”
Dixon said the police operation against him was part of the New World Order conspiracy because police thought he was involved in terrorist activities.
Dixon: God told me behead women
Dixon is charged with seriously injuring Renee Gunbie and Simone Butler and murdering James Te Aute in January 2003. On Monday, Dixon said he shot Mr Te Aute because he could see horns coming out of his head.
Taking the stand to describe why he hacked the women with a samurai sword, he said, “They wouldn’t get on their hands and knees. They were meant to get on their hands and knees and I was meant to chop their hands off into the basket, the laundry basket was emptied upstairs and I put the laundry basket onto the floor.”
Dixon said he believed a group called the New World Order was watching him and police were conspiring against him.
“There was definitely aircrafts following me, this whole thing’s been a cover up,” he says.
On the night of his rampage he said God appeared to him at the Thames warehouse he shared with the two women.
“I went outside and spoke to God and he said they were Judas’s, to behead them, and to turn the sword and kill myself.”
But as he hacked at the women, the sword broke.
“I realised I couldn’t do it with the tip of the sword gone, I couldn’t, so I took that as a symbolic symbol that it wasn’t meant to be,” he said.
‘Biblical situation’ led to shooting
Murder accused Antonie Dixon says he felt he had no choice but to shoot a man at an Auckland service station after having “biblical” visions and fearing for his life.
He said he couldn’t remember actually chopping up the women but knows he did it.
Dixon left Pipiroa by car and on his way to Auckland he saw two snipers in the back of an ambulance who were trying to kill him.
At this stage he wanted to get a gun for protection, although what he really wanted was a bomb, to protect himself from the “new world order, police and the government”.
“You just never know these days, it’s just not a safe place.”
Dixon eventually got a gun from a friend on a farm and smoked P as he continued to Auckland.
At a Pakuranga service station he said he feared for his life after an argument with several men, who were going to “waste him” and thought they were “demonised”.
“I just know I was afraid and there was no way I could take all them on by myself.”
Mr Te Aute had something concealed in his hands and came across as a “gangster” and kept coming closer, making Dixon frightened for his life.
“To me it was either me or him.”
Just before Dixon shot Mr Te Aute he said he was having a “biblical situation”. He believed Mr Te Aute had horns in his head.
“The only reason I went to the service station was to buy a cookie crumble ice cream.”
July 14, 2008 News Summary