Man led po­lice to body Court hears ‘ con­fes­sion’

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

DE­TEC­TIVES who i nter­viewed In­n­is­fail man Alan Brian Wood al­lege he ad­mit­ted to mur­der­ing a man and led them to a body.

The claims were made yes­ter­day in the Townsville Mag­is­trates Court at the com­mit­tal hear­ing of the 37-year-old who is ac­cused of the mur­der of Michael James McGrath, 51.

The pair was al­legedly drink­ing to­gether and ar­gu­ing over al­co­hol the Satur­day night be­fore the dec e a s e d ma n w a s f o u n d stabbed to death in a Kings Rd share­house on March 28, 2010.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor He­len Ar­mitage called to the stand De­tec­tive Se­nior-Con­sta­ble Ja­son Han­cock, the cor­rob- orat­ing of­fi­cer, and De­tec­tive Sergeant Brett McLu­cas, the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer.

Both Townsville crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion branch of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed Mr Wood when he was brought into the sta­tion af­ter be­ing taken into cus­tody at the Mund­ing­burra IGA on Sun­day.

The de­fen­dant was ar­rested in the shop­ping cen­tre carpark af­ter al­legedly call­ing 000, telling them he had killed a man ear­lier that morn­ing and be­ing found with what looked like blood stains on his cloth­ing.

The de­tec­tives de­cided to first ad­mit Mr Wood to the Townsville Men­tal Health U n i t o n a n E me r g e n c y Eval­u­a­tion Or­der due to his level of in­tox­i­ca­tion ( BAC 0.14 per cent), and af­ter speak­ing to his de­facto, who told them he could make things up when he was full of grog.

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h o s p i t a l called the po­lice and told them to pick up Mr Wood be­cause he was ad­mit­ting to staff that he had killed some­one and on their as­sess­ment was ‘‘ lu­cid and telling the truth’’.

Upon re­ceiv­ing this in­for­ma­tion, the of­fi­cers de­cided to in­ter­view the de­fen­dant.

When ques­tioned about in­ter­view tech­niques un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by de­fence bar­ris­ter Tony Collins, Sen-Const Han­cock said he thought the man was of sound mind.

‘‘ I made a judg­ment at that time from what I had been told by the men­tal health unit and he cer­tainly didn’t dis­play im­paired ca­pac­ity or spe­cial needs,’’ he said.

‘‘ He was the one who con­tacted the po­lice and wanted to tell . . . then di­rected us to a res­i­dence where a body was.’’

The com­mit­tal hear­ing con­tin­ues to­day.

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