Jury sees photos of blood­stained body

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy. smith@ news. com. au

GRAPHIC photos of Corinne Hen­der­son’s blood­stained apart­ment have been shown in court dur­ing the trial of her al­leged killer.

Townsville man Dane An­drew Pilcher has pleaded not guilty to mur­der­ing Ms Hen­der­son, his for­mer part­ner, on Septem­ber 26, 2015, by stab­bing her to death.

Crown prose­cu­tor Michael Cowen QC al­leges Pilcher killed Ms Hen­der­son af­ter see­ing a Face­book photo of her with new boyfriend Dwayne Wick­ham at Townsville races.

In Townsville Supreme Court yes­ter­day, sci­en­tific of­fi­cer Sergeant Alan Bar­tulovich said he went to Sanc­tu­ary Apart­ments in Idalia for a foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion the day af­ter Ms Hen­der­son’s death.

Photos of the unit were shown in court.

One photo, with a view from out­side look­ing through the front door, showed a blood­stained kitchen knife in a pool of blood near the en­try of the house.

Sgt Bar­tulovich said blood on the han­dle and the blade was tested and both sam­ples came up with a mixed DNA pro­file, match­ing both Ms Hen­der­son and Pilcher. Photos of Ms Hen­der­son’s body – ly­ing on the floor of the main bed­room and cov­ered in blood – were shown to the jury.

Jus­tice David North told the jury to ap­proach the case dis­pas­sion­ately.

“None of the pho­to­graphs are pleas­ant to look at, but there are a num­ber of pho­to­graphs that are par­tic­u­larly un­pleas­ant, usu­ally those of the de­ceased,” he said.

“Can I re­mind you of some­thing that Mr Cowen said at the start of the trial – that is that you are to ap­proach your task, reach­ing your ver­dict, dis­pas­sion­ately.”

Photos of blood stains in the en­try, kitchen, lounge area and main bed­room were shown to the court.

Mr Cowen asked Sgt Bar­tulovich where it ap­peared Ms Hen­der­son started let­ting out blood.

“Based on the DNA pro­files that we got back, Corinne Hen­der­son’s pro­file com­menced in the area of the hall­way area ... in front of the bed­room,” he said.

“This is based on the lack of her DNA be­ing lo­cated in any of the blood­stain pat­terns that are iden­ti­fied in the front area, ex­tend­ing to the hall­way lo­cated in the kitchen and the mixed pro­files lo­cated of her and Mr Pilcher.”

A photo of a smashed kitchen win­dow was shown to the court. Mr Cowen al­leged Pilcher en­tered the third- floor unit by smash­ing the win­dow.

Dur­ing the trial, Dr He­len Fraser said she treated Pilcher in the Townsville Hospi­tal ac­ci­dent and emer­gency depart­ment on the night of Septem­ber 26, 2015.

“I asked him how he sus­tained the in­juries to his arm ... He replied that he went through a win­dow feet first,” she said.

Dr Fraser said Pilcher de­clined pain re­lief nu­mer­ous times. “( He said) he didn’t want any pain re­lief but he was in a world of pain in his head as he’d killed a per­son tonight,” she said.

The trial con­tin­ues to­day.

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