NSW Man 'Pushed Wife Into Housefire'

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A man accused of setting his western Sydney home alight, burning his wife to death inside their bedroom, tried to stop his young son from opening the door, a jury has heard.

The trial of the 45-year-old man, referred to as AKB for legal reasons, began in the NSW Supreme Court on Monday after he earlier pleaded not guilty to her murder in 2016.

Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC said he expects the jury will hear evidence the couple's eldest son woke up in the early hours of the morning and went to his parents' bedroom door, but his father was pulling it back so he "couldn't open it" and "kept pushing" his mother into the fire.