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Tears at memory of tragic day

Thursday, 26th June, 2014

By Andrew Robertson

A woman wept in court yesterday as she recalled the fatal stabbing of her brother at the hands of her ex-partner in Wilcannia last year.

Tegan Jones was giving evidence in the murder trial of Allan John Hines who stabbed 24-year-old Aaron Jones during an argument in February last year.

Hines, 36, was committed for trial after his offer to plead guilty to manslaughter was rejected by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ms Jones told a local sitting of the Supreme Court that her brother and Hines had been arguing outside a house in Hood Street on the night Mr Jones died.

She said she saw her brother run into the back yard of the house and return with a length of pipe.

At the same time, she said, Hines ran across the road and into the house the two shared and returned a short time later carrying a knife in his right hand.

Ms Jones said the men then continued to argue before Mr Jones said to Hines: “I’ll see you tomorrow, pussy”.

She said the two then struggled with each other before she saw Mr Jones stagger and fall to the ground.

She then saw Hines on top of her brother and his “hand come down” on his chest.

“I heard a punch noise but I didn’t know he stabbed him.”

Under cross examination, Ms Jones said she was drunk on the night and was distracted at the time of the incident because her 11-year-old daughter was upset.

She also admitted to barging another witness, Elina Shepherd, who told the court on Tuesday that she had tried to push Hines away from Mr Jones when Ms Jones rushed at her.

The court also heard that when the knife used in the attack could not be found by police, Ms Jones, in an attempt to help the investigation, bought a similar knife to the one that was missing from her kitchen and gave it to detectives.

At one stage Justice Peter Hamill suspended proceedings for about 10 minutes when an upset Ms Jones was unable to continue giving evidence.

The trial continues.

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