Strange behaviour evidence given

BYRON BAY woman Linda Tregerthan suffered dozens of stab wounds when she was murdered at her Shirley Lane home in 2004.

A 52-year-old male German national and former resident of Byron Bay and Mount Burrell is accused of murdering her on August 30, 2004, and faces a trial by judge alone at a special sitting of the Supreme Court in Lismore.

An autopsy report before Justice Robert Allen Hulme yesterday detailed the horrific injuries received by Ms Tregerthan, with deep wounds made to her neck and torso.

She had inhaled blood, suffered broken ribs and received bruising to her scalp and face.

Nimbin witness Peter Hardwick recalled giving the accused a lift in his car within a week or two of Ms Tregerthan’s murder.

Mr Hardwick said it was strange because the accused (whom he knew) was standing beside the road looking off ‘into space’.

He said the man told him he wanted a lift into Lismore, yet had been standing on the wrong side of the road. He then changed his mind and Mr Hardwick drove him to a property 20kms away at Mount Burrell.

During the drive Mr Hardwick said the man told him killing someone was not hard.

When asked by The Crown what his words had been, Mr Hardwick replied: “It is no big deal to kill someone ... people make a lot of fuss about this, or something to that effect.

“I questioned him: ‘What do you mean?

“He said: ‘you heard what I said’.”

Mr Hardwick said he had been aware of a woman being murdered in Byron Bay.

Witness Cynthia Scopel said she had been chatting to her friend in Shirley Lane two weeks before her murder when the accused man approached them in an ‘odd’ incident.

“Linda was with her little puppy. He approached Linda. He was kind of lanky, scruffy, over 40, tall,” she said.

She said the man told Ms Tregerthan (something like) ‘I know, I know, I know what you do with your eyes’.

“Linda had very intense eyes. He was standing over us. He was a lot taller. Linda tried to reason with him at the time. I kind of nudged him out of her way, he left,” she said.



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