Witness describes lead-up to stabbing death

A WITNESS has told a court about the moment a fight at a family engagement party which resulted in the stabbing death of Laidley man Michael Tomsen "got pretty full-on pretty quickly".

Stephen Doyle, 40, is accused of murdering Michael Tomsen, 37, at his daughter's engagement party on September 5, 2011, at Nanango.

Doyle faced a pre-trial hearing yesterday in the Brisbane Supreme Court where witness Clayton Wheeler gave evidence.

Mr Wheeler said he had travelled down from central Queensland to attend the Fitzroy St engagement party and arrived about 4pm.

"The first time I knew there was any sign of trouble was when I heard raised voices coming from the front of the house.

"I went out to see what was happening and saw there were several people involved in a fight.

"It got pretty full on pretty quickly after that," he said.

"At one stage I saw Stephen (Doyle) run down the stairs of his house with some knives in his hands.

"I then saw Mick (Tomsen) on the ground being punched by Stephen."

Mr Wheeler said the situation then became eerily calm.

"I went over to help Mick who was still on the ground," he said. "It was when I got there I noticed he had been stabbed."

The hearing before Justice Martin Daubney continues.



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