Court hears at­tempted mur­der ac­cused’s 000 call

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

A MAN on trial for at­tempted mur­der made a fran­tic triple- 0 call af­ter stab­bing his mate and told the op­er­a­tor, “I need to go to jail”.

Rod­ney Ross Munro, 51, is ac­cused of at­tempted mur­der over the stab­bing of David John White, 52, while he was ly­ing on the lounge at his Con­don home on Jan­uary 12, 2014.

A court heard Munro called an am­bu­lance at 10.10pm af­ter stab­bing his friend and was con­nected with the po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre.

A record­ing of the call was played to the Supreme Court in Townsville yesterday, dur­ing day three of Munro’s trial.

“We just had an ar­gu­ment and he got a f*** ing knife in the neck and he has a bit of blood,” Munro could be heard say­ing in the record­ing.g “Me and my mate had a wres­tle but I’m tak­ing the blame for it. I want to go to jail. It’s not bad but it’s bleed­ing. I need to go to jail to dry up.”

The court heard both men were in­tox­i­cated at the time of the stab­bing. They had been at a party in Kelso be­fore Mr White re­turned home fol­lowed a short time later by Munro, who was stay­ing with him.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Ja­cob Rob­son bson sai said Mr White asked Munro to leave his house be­fore he was stabbed from be­hind while on the couch.

“He ( Munro) acted with ex­treme vi­o­lence,” Mr Rob­son said. “We can clearly see he is mo­ti­vated by some ill feel­ing to­wards his friend.

“It is clearly an ex­treme re­ac­tion to this bick­er­ing … it was cruel and cal­cu­lated.”

De­fence bar­ris­ter Har­vey Wal­ters said there was no in­tent to kill and the in­ci­dent was the re­sult of an ar­gu­ment be­tween two drunk men.

“Two blokes on the grog all day … who have known each other, ac­cord­ing to the com­plainant, for 35 years,” Mr Wal­ters said. “There wasn’t a lot of thought go­ing into these things that night.

“This was the re­sult of an ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion of al­co­hol by two men re­sult­ing in stupid, ridicu­lous bick­er­ing over noth­ing.”

Mr Wal­ters said he dis­puted Mr White’s ver­sion of events, par­tic­u­larly his claim that there was no brawl be­tween the pair be­fore the stab­bing.

“There is huge, un­ex­plained gaps,” Mr Wal­ters said.

“Do you think for one sec­ond if some­one came into his house that he didn’t want there, he would stay sit­ting on his lounge chair?”

The jury will be asked to con­sider if Munro in­tended to kill Mr White.

The trial con­tin­ues in the Supreme Court to­day.

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