Witness recalls an eerie calm
A WITNESS has told a court about the moment a fight at a family engagement party which resulted in the stabbing death of Laidley man Michael Tomsen “got pretty full-on pretty quickly”.
Stephen Doyle, 40, is accused of murdering Michael Tomsen, 37, at his daughter’s engagement party on September 5, 2011, at Nanango.
Doyle faced a pre-trial hearing last week in the Brisbane Supreme Court, where witness Clayton Wheeler told the court what he remembered from the events that day.
He told the court he spent some time playing pool at the party with the accused, who was a neighbour of the engaged couple, and other family members before heading to the back of the house.
“The first time I knew there was any sign of trouble was when I heard raised voices coming from the front of the house,” he said.
“It got pretty full on pretty quickly after that,” he said. “At one stage I saw Stephen (Doyle) run down the stairs of his house with some knives in his hands. I then saw Mick (Tomsen) on the ground being punched by Stephen.”
Mr Wheeler said the situation then became eerily calm.
“I went over to help Mick, who was still on the ground,” he said. “It was when I got there I noticed he had been stabbed.”