An accused wife-killer allegedly inflicted “76 sharp force injuries” when he stabbed his wife to death, a court has heard.

Francesco Dimasi, 92, was not present for his bail hearing in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday which revealed new details about the alleged crime.

The court heard Mr Dimasi, who was also due to answer the charge, was bed-ridden and suffering dementia and would not be entering a plea to one count of murder “at all, based on mental fitness”.

He is charged with the stabbing murder of his wife, Maria, 85, at the Findon home the couple shared on December 2, 2023.

The court has previously heard he was “heavily intoxicated” when he phoned police to tell them he had killed his wife and that when officers arrived he was found covered in blood while sitting at the kitchen table.

On Thursday, a prosecutor opposed Mr Dimasi’s bid for release on bail to an aged care facility.

She said Mr Dimasi had been diagnosed with vascular dementia and had declining mental health, increased paranoia and verbal aggression before he allegedly murdered Mrs Dimasi.

The court previously heard Mr Dimasi was “heavily intoxicated” and covered in blood when they arrived at his Findon home.(ABC News: Imogen Hayne)

“He also had some physical limitations at the time of the offending, including that he was using a walker, he was very frail and required some care assistance,” she said.

“Not withstanding that, the defendant, in my submission, has gone and committed an extremely violent offence.

“The post-mortem which has been received in this case [showed] the deceased had 76 sharp-force injuries on her body.”

She said there would need to be adequate measures in place to protect staff and other residents if Mr Dimasi was granted bail to an aged care facility.

Trish Johnson, for Mr Dimasi, said her client was not able to access the pension while in custody which meant he could not apply for a place at a suitable aged care home in a “catch-22” situation.

Ms Johnson had previously told the court bail was being sought because “there has been pressure” from the Department of Corrections to have Mr Dimasi moved to aged care.

A prosecutor said Mr Dimasi was being kept “under guard” in hospital, with the guards needing to intervene once or twice a week because he sometimes “lashed out” with “some strength” at nursing staff performing personal care tasks.

Ms Johnson, however, said her client was “not a danger to anybody”.

“He will lash out but he’s not strong enough to do anybody any harm,” she said.

The court heard medical experts and the Department of Corrections had provided reports indicating Mr Dimasi would best be cared for at a “high needs aged care facility” due to his declining health.

Chief Magistrate Judge Mary-Louise Hribal said she would be prepared to grant bail to a suitable aged care facility but needed more information.

She ordered a bail report to address whether he could access the pension and if a high-needs aged care facility place was available to Mr Dimasi.

Maria Dimasi seen here volunteering next to her grandson, Stefan Dimasi.(Supplied: Nonna’s Cucina Instagram)

Mrs Dimasi was a well-known member of the Italian community in Adelaide’s western suburbs and volunteered at Nonna’s Cucina, a community-based meal service.

Her death prompted an outpouring of grief from her family and the wider community.

After the last hearing earlier this month, Mrs Dimasi’s children released a statement thanking the community for their ongoing support.

“As you can appreciate, our family is still devastated by the way in which our mother lost her life, we’re still grieving and missing her immensely,” the statement said.

Mr Dimasi is next due to appear in court for a continuing bail hearing next month.