End swift for stabbed man
Friday, 27th June, 2014
By Andrew Robertson
A man who was knifed in the chest during an argument in Wilcannia last year would have died within minutes, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.
The jury in the murder trial of Allan John Hines was told there were a number of facts not in dispute surrounding the death of Aaron Jones in February last year.
The 24-year-old died after he got into an argument with 36-year-old Hines in front of a house in Hood Street.
Crown prosecutor Peter McGrath said the undisputed facts related to a pathology report of a post-mortem examination of Mr Jones.
Mr McGrath told the 12-member jury the report found the cause of death was from a stab wound to the heart that would have required “serious force”.
The report said such force could have been deliberate or caused from someone falling with the knife.
It found death would have occurred within five minutes.
A fracture was also found on Mr Jones’ forehead that was consistent with a blow from a metal pipe.
Earlier a teenage witness told the court via remote video that he saw Hines come out of a house carrying a knife and run over to Mr Jones who was holding part of a trampoline leg.
He said Mr Jones “took a swing” at Hines with the leg before he saw the younger man fall down.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he then saw Mr Jones get back up before Hines struck him with the metal leg and then run off.