Shoe print found on Gail Lynch's window sill

A PARTIAL boot print and what appeared to police to be marks made by a hand glove were found on the inside of a window sill in the spare room of Gail Lynch's Warwick unit, Toowoomba Supreme Court has been told.

Warwick Scenes of Crime officer Sergeant Phil Daley told the court police had dusted for prints throughout the unit after the disappearance of Gail Lynch in July 2012.

He had attended the unit with other police on July 10, 11 and 12, 2012, days after Ms Lynch was reported missing.

He said on the window sill leading into the spare bedroom of Ms Lynch's Guy St unit, a partial footprint was found on the bottom window sill and what to him appeared to be the fingers of a glove had disturbed the dust on the vertical moulding about half-way up the window boarding.

The prints were further enhanced with fingerprint dust and photographs of those impressions were shown to the court.

Sgt Daley said while there appeared to be marks on the window itself, no fingerprints were identified during the forensic examination.

Gail Lynch, 55, has not been seen since leaving her Guy St, Warwick, unit on July 3, 2012.

It is the Crown case that she is dead and that her former boyfriend Ian Phillip Hannaford, 61, is responsible for her death.

Hannaford has pleaded not guilty to murder.

In a recorded interview with police a week after Ms Lynch was reported missing, Hannaford told of his love for her.

The interview recorded with Detective Senior Constable Glen Roche of Warwick police on July 10, 2012, was played to Toowoomba Supreme Court.

In the interview Hannaford told police he met Ms Lynch on the dating website Oasis Active and after initially chatting via the site, then by phone calls, the couple had first met in a Warwick park just before Christmas 2011.

"I fell in love with her as soon as I seen her," Hannaford told detectives.

He then gave some insight into the six to seven-month relationship he had with Ms Lynch, telling police "sometimes it felt like walking on egg shells there, other times it was magic".

Hannaford said the relationship ended toward the end of May, 2012, and he had driven to Warwick from his Rockville home to try to "sort it out" but Ms Lynch had said "no" so he drove back to Toowoomba.

He told police the last contact he had with Ms Lynch was about three weeks prior to the interview and that he had started seeing another woman he had also met through the dating website.

Asked if he had any ideas to help police in their search for Ms Lynch, Hannaford answered "Wouldn't have a clue".

During the police interview, Det. Snr Const. Roche noted injuries on Hannaford's hands and fingers and asked how he got them.

Hannaford said he had been bitten while trying to separate his dogs that had been fighting.

He said some of the injuries had also been sustained when he was working cutting rust out of a camper van he had bought.

"I knock skin off easy... I bleed easy," he told police.

Det. Snr Const. Roche said Hannaford had been arrested on July 11, 2012, after which DNA swabs and photographs were taken.

Warrants to seize his blue VA Falcon sedan and unit were executed and Hannaford's shoes and mobile phone seized.

He was then "unarrested" and put up in a motel for the night while his unit and car could be examined.

Det Snr Const. Roche said he had not seen Hannaford again until he was found at Picnic Point on the night of July 26 and taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.

The trial will continue on Monday.



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