John Collins, 39, was present in Rotorua greater than two weeks after killing Brent Bacon. Photograph / Gregor Richardson
The house the place a Dunedin man was bludgeoned to dying was sprayed with blood and items of flesh, a courtroom has heard.
The jury on the trial of 39-year-old John Kenneth Collins — charged with the homicide of Brent Andrew Bacon (45) — was proven an array of images within the Excessive Court docket at Dunedin yesterday as witnesses detailed the state of the scene on the St Clair unit.
On February 4, 2019, Collins beat the person to dying with a cricket bat which was later discovered inside a garbage bag in the home, break up into two items.
The underside a part of the weapon, which was proven to the jury yesterday, was coated within the sufferer’s blood and hair, forensic scientist Rosalyn Tough mentioned.
She spent many of the day within the witness field setting out the findings from her investigation at 47 Lock St.
Whereas there was blood spatter on the ground, ceiling and furnishings, she additionally recognized two areas on the partitions the place there have been wipe marks.
A bottle of lavender disinfectant discovered on the kitchen desk additionally had blood on the deal with, the courtroom heard.
Crown prosecutor Pip Norman in her opening deal with on Monday mentioned clean-up efforts appeared to have been shortly deserted as a “futile endeavour” earlier than the deal with was vacated.
Tough recognized three impression websites in distinct areas of the cramped lounge.
Two of them, she mentioned, doubtless got here at a peak of lower than 50cm.
Images of the lounge confirmed a big patch of blood in the midst of the ground together with pores and skin and bone fragments.
It was proof of great injury to Bacon’s head, mentioned Tough.
Amongst all of it had been the sufferer’s bloodstained jandals.
She was cross-examined by Len Andersen QC about whether or not the presence of a 3rd individual would change her conclusions.
Whereas Tough maintained her stance, she acknowledged there have been many variables concerned in her work.
After the incident, it’s accepted Collins, and his companion 32-year-old Aleisha Dawson, compelled the sufferer’s physique right into a blue sleeping bag, loaded it into his Toyota people-mover and dumped it beneath a tree beside a rural street off State Freeway 1 north of Dunedin.
It was seen by a bike owner two weeks after the alleged homicide, and simply hours after the scene at 47 Lock St was found.
The courtroom earlier heard Bacon had moved to Dunedin to dwell together with his sister and brother-in-law Lia and Sam Bezett, following years of drug and mental-health struggles.
The sufferer knew Collins and Dawson from when he lived in Christchurch and would typically spend evenings at their Lock St house, the place that they had resided from November 2018.
After fleeing north after the incident, the pair bought Bacon’s automotive to a backpackers and bought a ferry to the North Island.
They had been discovered by police on February 20 in a parking lot in Rotorua.
Collins instructed interviewers Bacon had been paranoid on February 4 and “got here at him”, fist raised and looking out offended.
He described utilizing the bat overarm “like swinging an axe” however mentioned he didn’t intend to hit Bacon.
The defendant mentioned he hit him maybe twice extra earlier than however might bear in mind no extra as a result of he “blacked out”.
Andersen mentioned his shopper had no murderous intent.
Bacon suffered fractures to his cranium and face, in addition to damaged bones in his fingers which Norman mentioned had been in keeping with defensive accidents.
Dawson pleaded responsible and was earlier sentenced as an adjunct to murder.
The trial, earlier than Justice Jan-Marie Doogue, will hear right now from medical witnesses who examined Bacon.