Wit­ness re­calls an eerie calm

Gatton Star - - News -

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.”

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