Spatters of blood found in Gail Lynch's unit

SPATTERS of blood were found throughout missing woman Gail Lynch's Warwick unit - predominantly in her bedroom, a Toowoomba court has heard.

Police forensic scientist Sergeant Ashley Huth told Toowoomba Supreme Court he had examined Ms Lynch's Guy St unit on July 11 and 12, 2012, a week after the 55-year-old was reported missing.

He found small drops of blood in Ms Lynch's bedroom, bathroom, on a pot plant in her kitchen, on the bottom of a door leading to the garage and on the concrete floor of the garage near a back door.

Sgt Huth marked a number of droplets on the wash basin in the bathroom but when he applied luminal, an agent which enhances the presence of blood and shows up as a blue-green colour, the basin showed blood stains coming from the area of both tap handles which were not seen with the naked eye.

Photographs of the blood droplets before and after luminal was applied were shown to the court.

However, it was in Ms Lynch's bedroom where most traces of blood was found including small drops on the side of her mattress protector cover, on a mat beside the bed, on a teddy bear and on the front of her wardrobe.

Sgt Huth said, in his opinion, most of the blood was transferred by something with blood on it coming into contact with the objects in the unit, however, some of the droplets on the wardrobe were more likely projected or cast off blood patterns.

He said he marked and noted the blood stains found and took samples for DNA analysis.

The results of that DNA analysis has yet to be put before the court.

Police forensic scientist Sergeant Ashley Huth leaves the Toowoomba Courthouse after giving evidence in the Ian Phillip Hannaford murder trial.
Police forensic scientist Sergeant Ashley Huth leaves the Toowoomba Courthouse after giving evidence in the Ian Phillip Hannaford murder trial. Peter Hardwick

Sgt Huth's evidence came during the trial of Ian Phillip Hannaford, 61, who has pleaded not guilty to Ms Lynch's murder.

Ms Lynch has not been seen or heard from since July 3, 2012, and it is the Crown case that she is dead and that her former boyfriend Hannaford is responsible for her death.

Sgt Huth also told the court of samples of fibre he had found in the kitchen at the foot of a pantry cupboard.

He concluded there must have been something covering the floor on which were a table and chairs and other objects.

Ms Lynch's sister Lynette McMillan in earlier evidence told the court of entering her sister's unit with police after she made a missing person's report in July 2012.

She said one of the first things she noted was that the large red rug she had bought for Ms Lynch that covered much of her kitchen floor was missing.

Scenes of Crime officer Senior Sergeant Steven Thompson of Toowoomba Police told the court of examining the outside of Ms Lynch's Guy St unit in Warwick on July 10, 2012.

He said on the outside of the window to the spare bedroom he noticed the fly screen was not sitting flush on the window tracks and that it was off the tracks at one end.

He had also noticed a section of garden at the base of the building under that window appeared to have been flattened out and what appeared to be a shoe print in the dust on the window sill.

Plant material was found on the floor of the spare bedroom under that window, the court heard.

A fabric mark that could have been a glove mark was also noticed about half-way up the vertical window frame, he said.

The trial before Justice John Bond continues.



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