Man led police to body Court hears ‘ confession’
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.