CCTV footage delivered in Blackburn committal

MORE than  400 statements will be heard in the committal hearing of John Peros over the alleged murder of ex-girlfriend Shandee Blackburn.   

Ms Blackburn's family was present on the first day of the hearing in Mackay Magistrates Court.   

The first witness, homicide squad Detective Sergeant Chad Davis, presented CCTV footage of a vehicle travelling along Evans St, Juliet St and other locations on the night of Ms Blackburn's death.   

Det Sgt Davis told the court that the vehicle was of similar appearance to Peros' white Toyota Hilux, which was seized by police during investigations.   

He presented a map of the route police  believe Peros took.   

In a powerpoint, Det Sgt Davis also showed CCTV footage of a figure running near Boddington St, where Ms Blackburn lived, at 12.14am on February 9, 2013.   

During cross-examinaton, defence barrister Craig Eberhardt questioned the quality of some CCTV footage taken from a private resident at 18 Juliet  St, from United Petrol Station and from Traks Convenience Store on the intersection of Evans and Juliet Sts.   

He said it was impossible to see the car's registration number and the number of people in the car in every piece of footage.   

Det Sgt Davis agreed that was true.   

Det Sgt Davis said Peros' Hilux was identifiable by a snorkel, decals, white rims and the fact that the Toyota label had been painted out.   

In some of the CCTV footage some of those features were identifiable, Det Sgt Davis pointed out.  

Mr Eberhardt said it was difficult to say whether the vehicle was the same in each piece of footage.   

Cross-examination was interrupted for 15 minutes at 11am by a power-out in Mackay courthouse.   

Topics:  court crime editors picks mackay shandee blackburn

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