News

Man pleads not guilty to killing sister's partner

A 25-YEAR-OLD man accused of killing his sister's partner during a dispute at his family's Euleilah home has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Lucas John Scot Bell, 25, is accused of causing the death of his sister Lori's boyfriend, Caine Hammond, 27, in April 2012.

In his opening address, Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said 17 witnesses would give evidence throughout the trial about the night Mr Hammond was knocked unconscious and never woke up again, dying two days later in hospital.

Hammond died as the result of a subdural haemorrhage and the prosecution will allege the brain injury came as a result of Bell either striking him, or causing him to hit his head on the ground.

Mr Cummings said the witness accounts of the evening varied but he expected most to say the incident began with an argument outside which led to Mr Hammond and Bell becoming involved in a brawl inside the home a short time later.

He told the jury that to convict Bell of murder, they needed to be satisfied of three things.

The first being that Mr Hammond was dead, an issue defence barrister John McInnes said was certainly not being disputed. The second was that Bell caused Mr Hammond's death.

"Finally... that at the time, he intended to cause his death or grievous bodily harm," Mr Cummings said.

He said if the jury was only satisfied of the first two points, they could find Bell guilty of manslaughter, but if they were satisfied of all three points, he could be convicted of murder.

Mr McInnes reiterated the importance of establishing Bell's intent.

"Try to put yourself in Mr Bell's position at the time the events are actually unfolding," Mr McInnes told the jury.

"What would a reasonable person have foreseen happening?"

A Gladstone police officer who attended the crime scene was the first to give evidence, detailing the layout of the home.

The trial continues before Justice Duncan McMeekin.

Topics:  court death euleilah



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Local Partners

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!