Craig Andrew Holzberger is on trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court for the alleged murder of his girlfriend.
Craig Andrew Holzberger is on trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court for the alleged murder of his girlfriend. Mike Knott

Murder accused: 'I flipped out with a knife in my hand'

A MAN accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death spent two hours trying to convince police the woman had overdosed before later admitting he had "flipped out" with a knife in his hands.

Craig Andrew Holzberger, 39, is on trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court for the alleged murder of his pregnant 24-year-old girlfriend Tenille Hass, who was found dead with three stab wounds to her body in the early hours of March 21, 2011.

Lead investigator Detective Senior Constable Robert Darney today took the witness stand to give evidence, during which time interviews between Holzberger and police on the day of Tenille's death were played to the jury.

Throughout the first interview, which ran for about two hours, Holzberger told Det Snr Const Darney and Det Snr Const Scott Nicol that he, Tenille and Chris Green, the father of Tenille's unborn child, had been "shooting up" oxycontin that night she died.

"We were hitting it, all three of us," Holzberger said.

He said Tenille had been injected with an opiod called Fentonyl and he believed she also consumed Xanex, an anti-anxiety medication.

"She did it the whole way through," he said of Tenille's drug use during pregnancy.

"That's why she kept getting ultrasounds."

Holzberger said he had no prior knowledge of the stab wounds on Tenille's body nor how they got there, and thought the wound on her chest looked similar to the infected drug-injection points he had on his feet.

He told police he had seen people overdose in the past and when Tenille changed colour, started burning up and asked to be put in the shower, he believed that was what was happening.

"That's what happens when people overdose," he said.

But hours after that interview ended, Holzberger again spoke with police, this time admitting there had been an incident involving a knife.

"I just flipped out with a knife and that was it," he said.

"I was inside and then I went outside and I just flipped out. I'd had enough.

"It was over before I even knew I did it."

Holzberger said he had eaten about 15 Xanex tablets at once in addition to using antibiotics, a shot of oxycontin and alcohol.

"They make you lose your mind too; you don't know what you're doing," he said.

When asked whether he felt responsible for Tenille's death, Holzberger told police he still believed the drugs were to blame but said the way the interview was going made him feel responsible.

The trial continues.



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