Survival on knife’s edge
Man pleads not guilty to attempted murder in mate’s stabbing
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.