Bar­nett’s hand­bag found

The Morning Bulletin - - DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL -

THE sur­face of Chan­tal Bar­nett’s hand­bag was flak­ing off when it was handed over to po­lice, a court was told.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Grant Wynne-Jones said he was work­ing at the Rock­hamp­ton sta­tion the af­ter­noon Mal­colm Cheetham handed over the bag on Oc­to­ber 8, 2014.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Wynne-Jones gave ev­i­dence in a dou­ble mur­der trial in the Supreme Court in Rock­hamp­ton where Ian Robert Arm­strong and Daniel Ge­orge Hong have pleaded not guilty to mur­der­ing Ms Bar­nett and Robert Martinez.

Con­sta­ble Wynne-Jones said he put gloves on and placed the hand­bag in a plas­tic bag be­fore try­ing to open it.

He said he used a knife to open the bag as the zipper was stuck.

He re­moved cash from the hand­bag, ladies un­der­pants, a capped sy­ringe, and a wal­let.

A pair of sunglasses, a USB stick and a cig­a­rette lighter were also found in the bag.

Con­sta­ble Wynne-Jones said he handed the wal­let to an­other po­lice of­fi­cer who opened it and ran checks on the cards, which re­vealed the bag be­longed to Ms Bar­nett.

“I had only re­cently ar­rived in Rock­hamp­ton so I wasn’t aware of the miss­ing per­sons case,” he said.

Con­sta­ble Wynne-Jones said the of­fi­cer im­me­di­ately con­tacted the of­fi­cer-in­charge who came to the front counter with a scenes-of-crime of­fi­cer.

Foren­sic co­or­di­na­tor at Rock­hamp­ton sta­tion In­spec­tor Adrian Brock spoke about other items found in the bag upon fur­ther in­spec­tion.

These in­cluded $250 in notes, three sets of Holden car keys, a mo­bile phone, an al­co­hol wipe wrap­per, and 15 un­used syringes.

Insp Brock said there was no sig­nif­i­cant foren­sic ev­i­dence found in the hand­bag.

He also spoke about searches car­ried out at Mr Martinez’s home where Mr Martinez’s wal­let and re­mains were found.

The court heard the search of Mr Martinez’s home took place on March 27, 2013.

A po­lice diver found Mr Martinez’s wal­let in a boggy paddock off Bowlin Rd on April 3, 2013, about 280m east of the bridge over Gavial Creek.

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