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Peter Dansie granted bail over wife's drowning in Adelaide pond

A man accused of drowning his wheelchair-confined wife in an Adelaide parklands pond has been granted bail after a Supreme Court judge overturned a lower court ruling.


Peter Rex Dansie, 68, was arrested nearly three months after his wife Helen was found dead in the pond at Veale Gardens.


The 67-year-old woman was in a wheelchair after a stroke more than 20 years ago.


Prosecutors allege that her death was planned because she had become a burden on her husband.


Peter Dansie, who is yet to enter a plea, will not be released until a $210,000 surety is lodged with the court.


Prosecutor Sarah Attar conceded the case was essentially circumstantial.


She told the court that a funeral insurance policy was taken out in 2016, and covered only accidental death in the first year.


The court was also told the accused informed a dental practice his wife should be taken off the books because 'she wasn't going to be around much longer'.


The prosecutor also alleged the accused had searched the internet for 'cheap funerals'.


Justice Sam Doyle ruled Dansie was not a flight risk despite his 23 business and social trips to China in the past decade.


Electronic monitoring will be part of Dansie's bail conditions.