Witness breaks down while on stand during Parnell trial
A YOUNG woman has described trying to administer first aid to junior Bronco Todd Parnell who was knocked out with a punch at a Bribie Island party.
Jessica Cunnington, who was 22 at the time, told Brisbane Supreme Court she heard "a loud bang" and turned to see Mr Parnell "going to the ground".
She said she rushed to his side and urged him to squeeze her hand.
Ms Cunnington, who broke down while giving evidence, said she made sure he had nothing in his mouth before asking the surrounding group to move him onto his side.
She said she made sure his airways were open so he could breathe properly and then phoned an ambulance.
Wally James Hung, 24, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after delivering the punch that led to Mr Parnell's death in the early hours of July 26, 2009.
His legal team has asked the jury to assess why Hung hit Mr Parnell, whether the punch was excessive and whether he was defending his friend Peter Gale who had just copped a punch from Mr Parnell.
Ms Cunnington was a designated driver, one of few sober at a party with more than 70 drunk young people.
She said the trauma and shock of that night had stayed with her.
"Every night you go to sleep, it's still there in your head," she said.
Ms Cunnington said she had heard Hung say "I want to punch him" earlier in the evening when she was sitting beside him.
The court heard she had told police just after the incident that she did not know whether Hung or one of his friends made the comment, nor who it was about.
Under cross-examination, Ms Cunnington said she had more time to think about it and she was sure Hung said it.
Ms Cunnington said she knew both men, having schooled with Mr Parnell and Hung was dating her best friend.
Tasi Cordtz said the punch from Hung came "straight away" after Mr Parnell punched Mr Gale.
"It was a full-on punch. It was pretty loud," he said.
Under cross-examination, Mr Cordtz was asked about whether Mr Parnell's arms were by his sides when Hung punched him.
Defence barrister James Godbolt suggested, since he had just punched Mr Gale, Mr Parnell's must have been raised.
"I was there that night," Mr Cordtz said.
Joseph Tamaira said the noise of Hung hitting Mr Parnell was "like a slap".
He said Hung delivered the punch just moments after he saw Mr Parnell punch another man hard enough to make him step back.
Mr Tamaira admitted he chased after Hung but refused to answer questions about whether he punched Hung on the grounds it might incriminate himself.
He did admit he kicked Hung though.
Courtney Lockwood said she heard a noise and turned to see a group of people hovered around someone on the ground.
She said Hung was at Mr Parnell's feet.
Ms Lockwood said she heard Hung say he did not mean to do it.
Morgan Adams said the punch sounded like "an open air slap".
"I seen Todd fall to the ground, that's when the second thud came in," he said.
"He wasn't breathing there was just a big gasp of air."
Mr Adams said that was too much for him and he stepped back to let others perform CPR.
The trial continues.