'I hate her, I want to stab her': fresh murder evidence
PREVIOUSLY unheard details surrounding the murder of Shandee Blackburn have emerged in Mackay Magistrates Court.
The proceedings centred around three witnesses who are to give evidence during a committal hearing scheduled to start Monday.
Craig Eberhardt, defence barrister for murder accused John Peros, said one witness was "probably the most essential witness to the Crown case".
He said the witness had maintained that in a drunken conversation on Australia Day 2013 Peros said words to the effect of: "Oh (expletive) I hate her, I'd like to stab that (expletive)".
Mr Eberhardt also said yesterday there had been two other people present on Australia Day 2013, "but they give very different versions of events".
He was arguing the case for having the witness testify at the committal hearing in person.
Ms Blackburn, 23, was killed on February 9, 2013 on Boddington St while walking home from work at Harrup Park.
After an 18-month police investigation, Peros, 34, was charged with her murder in September 2014.
Another important witness was not located by police until Wednesday, when he was arrested for outstanding matters.
Defence solicitor for Peros, Dan Rogers, said he was "a centrally important witness in the context of this case".
The witness had been "a suspect for a considerable period of time" and there was "a considerable body of evidence that indicates him as being the murderer", Mr Rogers said.
Yesterday, police prosecutor Sergeant Sabine Scott told the court that that witness, William John Daniel, had been arrested on fail to appear warrants and issued with a summons to appear for the committal hearing next week.
Sgt Scott said a third witness had been located in Port Macquarie, NSW, and also served with a summons to appear.
Mr Eberhardt voiced his concerns in court over an application by the prosecution for evidence from the witness regarding the "drunken conversation" to be given over the phone.
The court was told that in September last year the man had indicated he would be available for the committal hearing; then, sometime in November, his girlfriend had booked a cruise to Vanuatu for February 13-20.
Sgt Scott said a phone link-up could occur as the man's girlfriend would have her phone, the cruise ship would be in port on three separate occasions and there was phone reception in Vanuatu.
Mr Eberhardt said he would first like to know when the witness had been summonsed.
He said if the man's girlfriend had made plans after that summons then "that's tough".
"He should be at the committal hearing. My client's in custody on a murder charge," Mr Eberhardt said.
"The cost to my client both in terms of his liberty and the expense of (myself and Mr Rogers) having to rejoin this issue at a later date is far more."
Magistrate Damien Dwyer said a video link was more appropriate and the matter was adjourned until this morning to determine what arrangements could be made.