Accused appeared to be 'in control'

Roxanne Hockey leaves Maroochydore Courthouse.
Roxanne Hockey leaves Maroochydore Courthouse.

THIS friend's face might have been the last murdered Alexandra Headland woman Justine Jones saw before meeting her gruesome end allegedly at the hands of a former lover.

Roxanne Hockey, who had lived with Ms Jones for about four months before her death, told Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday how she had rushed home about 6.30pm after visiting a friend to cook dinner, shower and change before heading out on the third State of Origin night last year.

She told police her flatmate was with Richard Coburn, the man accused of killing her and dumping her body in a wheelie bin, while she was getting ready.

Ms Hockey had told police "Justine and Richard were either in the living room or on the balcony having a cigarette" and Coburn appeared to "be in control" that night.

"He had control of her laptop and she was overlooking his shoulder," she explained in court yesterday.

"I think she might have said 'are you in my Facebook?'."

Ms Hockey said Ms Jones had come into the bathroom while she was preparing for her night out to tell her that another beau had dropped by and left angry.

She said Richard had slapped her on the bottom and she felt uncomfortable because the other man, Nathan Lacey, had not liked it.

Ms Hockey said she stayed out overnight and only returned home in the morning to shower for work.

She said Ms Jones' door was shut and it was not unusual for her to sleep in the day because she worked late as a barmaid and "her body clock was out".

Ms Hockey said she only opened the door that night.

Lead scientific officer Nicole Tysoe said she found blood in the bathroom on a wall and just below a light switch.

She said she also found a "soak stain" on the mattress in Ms Jones' bedroom where blood had soaked into the fabric.

Coburn's defence has requested four more witnesses, including other men Ms Jones associated with, testify in the committal hearing, which should resume on Tuesday.


The Jones case yesterday

  • Flatmate identified Ms Jones' bed linen found in wheelie bins.
  • Police scientific officers found blood in the bathroom on a wall and near a light switch.
  • Police found a "soak stain" on the mattress in Ms Jones' bedroom where blood had soaked into the fabric.

Topics:  justine jones richard coburn

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