Sur­vival on knife’s edge

Man pleads not guilty to at­tempted mur­der in mate’s stab­bing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE doc­tor has told a court a man who was stabbed in the neck by a drunk mate was fight­ing for his life when he ar­rived at the emer­gency depart­ment.

Dr Ben­jamin But­son was on duty at Townsville Hos­pi­tal when David John White, 52, was brought in by paramedics with a stab wound to his neck.

“I was con­cerned to see a con­tin­u­ous, un­in­ter­rupted line of blood,” Dr But­son said. “It was pul­sat­ing blood.” Dr But­son es­ti­mated that Mr White lost about 1.5 litres of blood as a re­sult of the in­jury.

Rod­ney Ross Munro, 51, pleaded not guilty to the at­tempted mur­der of Mr White in the Supreme Court in Townsville yesterday.

A jury will be asked to de­ter­mine if Munro in­tended to kill Mr White or, al­ter­na­tively, cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

In his open­ing ad­dress, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Ja­cob Rob­son said Munro ap­peared to blame Mr White for a re­la­tion­ship break­down.

He said the men at­tended a gath­er­ing at a Kelso home on Jan­uary 12 last year, where Munro be­came in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive to­wards Mr White.

Mr White left the party and re­turned to his house on Beck Drive at Con­don and Munro, who had been stay­ing with Mr White, re­turned soon af­ter.

“He grabbed the big­gest knife in the house ... told David he was go­ing to kill him and he very nearly did,” Mr Rob­son said. The jury was told that Mr White was ly­ing on the couch when Munro stabbed him once in the neck, cut­ting an artery.

“He ( Mr White) didn’t see it com­ing,” Mr Rob­son said.

The court was told Munro called an am­bu­lance, which prob­a­bly saved his vic­tim’s life.

Dr But­son said Mr White would most likely have died with­out med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

He said there was “no ques­tion” that Mr White had suf­fered an ar­te­rial bleed as a re­sult of the wound, es­ti­mated to be about 2cm wide.

“The neck is ... very rich in anatom­i­cal struc­tures,” Dr But­son said.

The court heard Mr White re­quired “mass trans­fu­sions” as a re­sult of his blood loss, and that a blood test re­vealed he had a blood al­co­hol read­ing of about 0.15.

The jury also heard from Kelso res­i­dent Lorraine Joyce McLen­nan, who hosted the party at her home. Ms McLen­nan said both men were drunk, and re­called Munro get­ting ag­gres­sive with “Whitey”.

The jury is ex­pected to hear from Mr White to­day, and will hear the triple- 0 call made by Munro on the night.

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