Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BET­TINA WAR­BUR­TON

THE Crown and de­fence bar­ris­ters in the trial of the man ac­cused of killing his in­fant son will present their clos­ing ad­dresses to­day.

This marks the end of four weeks of ev­i­dence.

Ni­cholas Aaron Bax­ter, 37, has pleaded not guilty to the mur­der of his six- week- old son Matthew.

Bax­ter al­legedly shook or struck Matthew on Novem­ber 3, 2011 which caused brain bleed­ing and swelling and reti­nal haem­or­rhages.

Nearly 50 peo­ple have al­ready taken the stand in the trial, which started on Oc­to­ber 16.

Peo­ple who have given ev­i­dence in the mur­der trial in­clude the ac­cused, his wife Te­nae Bax­ter, his mother- in­law, his par­ents, his sis­ter- in- law, pae­di­a­tri­cians, doc­tors, paramedics, nurses, ra­di­ol­o­gists and bio­med­i­cal sci­en­tists.

Supreme Court Jus­tice David North told the jury that the de­fence and the Crown pros­e­cu­tor’s clos­ing ad­dresses might be lengthy.

Jus­tice North told the jury they need not fear they would for­get rel- evant parts of the ev­i­dence given dur­ing the past month.

“If you need to be re­minded of any par­tic­u­lar pas­sages we can al­ways do that at some stage if you need. Don’t fear about that,” he said.

Jus­tice North told the jury that coun­sel would re­mind them about the ev­i­dence as well.

The last wit­ness to take the stand, for the de­fence, Dr David Ay­oub, an Amer­i­can ra­di­ol­o­gist, told the court via au­dio­vi­sual that he had ex­am­ined nu­mer­ous X- rays of Matthew taken be­fore and af­ter the baby had died. The jury was shown close- up X- rays of Matthew’s rib cage, pelvis and leg.

Illi­nois- based Dr Ay­oub said he be­lieved the baby had a pro­nounced case of rick­ets.

When asked by Crown pros­e­cu­tor Nathan Crane if part of his in­ter­est was “you iden­ti­fy­ing bone dis­or­ders that mimic child abuse that is the po­si­tion you are com­ing from isn’t it”, Dr Ay­oub replied: “That is my area of in­ter­est, yes.”

The court heard Dr Ay­oub’s other “ar­eas of in­ter­ests” in­cluded the link be­tween child vac­ci­na­tions and autism. The trial con­tin­ues.

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