Blood evidence heard at trial

BLOOD and its removal was a question at the centre of an ongoing trial in the Lismore District Court yesterday.

It is alleged that a 45-year-old man threw a doona cover and items of women’s clothing into a shower and soaked them after he had carried out a lengthy assault on a woman, including an act of indecency.

Forensics specialist Detective Sergeant Michael McFarlane said that he had made a visual inspection of the items and had not seen any blood.

But he told the Crown prosecutor it was possible for fresh blood to have been washed out by water.

A small bloodstain was found on the floor of the shower.

Blood had been also found on the floor of the main bedroom of the woman’s Kyogle house where the attack allegedly occurred on January 20, 2008, Sgt McFarlane said.

He had discovered the droplets of blood – and a knife – when he moved a flannelette shirt and singlet belonging to the woman.

No identifiable fingerprints had been found on the knife handle, he said.

The woman has given evidence that during the attack on her by a man who lived in her house, he had pushed sharp metal objects up her nose, causing it to bleed, and slapped her repeatedly.

The defence maintains that the absence of blood shows no such violent assault took place.

The trial continues today before Judge Black.



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