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ALAN Jones has fought back tears as he talked about the peo­ple who died in the Queens­land floods at Gran­tham in 2011.

The ra­dio broad­caster en­tered the wit­ness box in the Bris­bane Supreme Court yes­ter­day to give ev­i­dence in the judge-only defama­tion trial.

The Toowoomba-based Wag­ner broth­ers are su­ing Jones, Har­bour Ra­dio, 4BC and jour­nal­ist Nick Cater for 32 broad­casts in 2014 and 2015.

John, De­nis, Neill and Joe al­lege they were ac­cused of the deaths of 12 peo­ple in the town of Gran­tham dur­ing the 2011 floods, when one of the walls of the Lock­yer Val­ley quarry they owned col­lapsed.

Jones choked back tears as he re­called the sto­ries of the peo­ple who died at Gran­tham

“There was a whole heap of peo­ple who got in touch with me,” he said. Jones gave ev­i­dence they all said the same thing: the wall – or bund – around the quarry was man­made.

“The Wag­n­ers kept on say­ing there was no bund ... whereas ev­ery eye­wit­ness gave ev­i­dence that they’d seen this bund go­ing up and up and up,” he told the court.

When asked by his bar­ris­ter, Robert An­der­son QC, if the com­ments he made about the fam­ily on air were “opin­ions hon­estly held” by him, Jones said they were.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Pic­ture: AAP IM­AGE

Ra­dio host Alan Jones ar­rives at the Supreme Court in Bris­bane.

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