Court hears attempted murder accused’s 000 call
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.