Murder hearing told of flashbacks

The man charged over attack is escorted by detectives to an earlier court hearing.
The man charged over attack is escorted by detectives to an earlier court hearing. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

THE man accused of murdering a Rockhampton grandmother, he had allegedly raped and beaten on Australia Day, told police he had flashbacks of kicking her.

The committal hearing for the teenager accused of attacking Iris Temperley started yesterday in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutors submitted 60 statements and up to 40 witnesses could give evidence during the hearing, which is expected to last three days.

The court gallery was packed yesterday with supporters of both Mrs Temperley and the accused, who cannot be named.

Mrs Temperley suffered grievous injuries in the alleged attack including significant traumatic brain injuries and what appeared to be bite marks between the shoulder blades and her left upper leg, the court heard.

She died seven days after the alleged attack.

Arresting officer Detective Sergeant Nick Williams of the Rockhampton CIB, said the accused told police during an interview on February 8 he had flashbacks of knocking on the door and pushing Mrs Temperley over.

Detective Sergeant Williams said the accused then said he remembered kicking the woman in the body and head a number of times while she was on the ground.

The accused’s barrister John Fraser, told the court during his cross examination of a witness, that his client had been “grossly affected by alcohol”.

Jacqueline Wilson, from Queensland Health’s DNA Analysis Unit in Brisbane, gave evidence by phone yesterday saying that material found underneath a fingernail on Mrs Temperley’s right hand did not match the accused, but came from an unknown man.

But Ms Wilson said the accused’s DNA was found on a swab taken from Mrs Temperley’s upper left thigh, and also he could not be excluded from DNA evidence found on the handle of a fire extinguisher and a bedside table.

Ms Wilson said Mrs Temperley’s DNA was found on a blue singlet belonging to the accused.

An ambulance officer and two Rockhampton-based emergency doctors told the court they saw what they believed to be bite marks on her body.

Mark Booth, Mrs Temperley’s neighbour, told the court he noticed a red fire extinguisher near Mrs Temperley’s body when he found her lying in her backyard.

Mr Booth had told police he saw a young indigenous male with facial hair near the sight, but was unable to positively identify anyone on a photo board.

Sergeant Craig Ogden, of the Rockhampton Police, said he had found the accused’s palm print on the wall next to the back door, as well as on a wardrobe in the front room.

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