‘I’ve just killed a man’ with a ‘tomahawk’: prosecution alleges accused confessed

He’s “dead in bed”.
Nanjing Night Net

The prosecution case against North Maclean man, Trevor McKenzie Dunford, opened with a recounting of the Mr Dunford’s call to triple 0, just minutes after he allegedly killed his brother-in-law on March 10, 2008.

The first day of Mr Dunford’s murder trial began in the Brisbane Supreme Court this morning.

Crown prosecutor Sal Vasta told the jury of five men and seven women that they would hear that “actions spoke louder than words” and Mr Dunford intended on killing his partner’s brother, Gary John Grindrod, when he struck him with a tomahawk axe in the head four times.

Mr Vasta said Mr Dunford had admitted to the killing, first in an emergency phone call to police at 8.45pm on March 10 and later while speaking with police officers.

Mr Vasta recounted a phone call Mr Dunford had made to triple 0 where he allegedly told the operator: “I’ve just killed a man”.

Asked how, Mr Dunford allegedly replied “with a tomahawk”.

Mr Vasta said Mr Dunford gave his girlfriend’s brother’s name when asked who he had killed. When the operator asked where Mr Grindrod was, Mr Dunford answered “dead in bed”.

Mr Vasta said when police arrived at the Mount Lindesay Highway property some 10 minutes after the triple 0 phone call, Mr Dunford – dressed in a t-shirt and shorts with no shoes – emerged from the home and allegedly said “sorry, fellas” and “I did it”.

Mr Vasta said the jury would be played the emergency phone call as the trial progressed.

The court was also told that after being read his rights by police, Mr Dunford was asked if there was anything the officers could get for him, to which he allegedly answered “wind the clock back”.

The Crown alleged that in between the phone call to police and officers arriving at the acreage North McLean property, Mr Dunford made a phone call to his daughter in North Queensland and said he was sorry, but he had “just killed Gary”.

Mr Vasta said Mr Dunford told his daughter “he just pushed me too far and I’ve hit him four times in the head with a tomahawk”, before apologising again and saying goodbye.

Mr Vasta said Mr Dunford, his partner of three years Rosemary Conlon, and her brother, the deceased man, lived together at the Mount Lindesay Highway property at Maclean.

Describing Mr Dunford’s relationship with Ms Conlon as “turbulent” at times, Mr Vasta said Mr Dunford, a truck driver and Ms Conlon’s brother, Mr Grindrod did not “really get on that well”.

“They stayed out of each other’s way,” Mr Vasta said, briefly explaining about some “petty arguments” the pair had had about drinking each other’s beer.

On the night of the alleged murder, Mr Vasta said Ms Conlon had told police Mr Dunford had been drinking and was argumentative, having accused her of lying about what she had eaten for lunch.

She said her brother had eaten his dinner in a separate room from Mr Dunford and after serving Mr Grindrod his lamb chops, she did not see him again, but had heard him eating and assumed he had gone to bed.

Ms Conlon told police Mr Dunford had said to her: “I’m going to do something for you, not that I want to” while she was watching television and had left the room again.

She told police she heard a screen door in the home opening and closing.

Ms Conlon later told police she heard a sound “like a frozen bottle of ice being smashed on concrete” and described it as a “hard sound” that finished “with a thud”.

She told the police offices that she left the living room after Mr Dunford returned and made a phone call where she heard him say “I’ve killed a man”.

Mr Vasta said that was the call to emergency services.

Mr Dunford sat today in the dock wearing a blue suit, with his white hair neatly brushed.

He slumped as details of the alleged murder were read out to the court and sighed loudly as Mr Vasta spoke of one of the police interviews.

The trial before Justice Glenn Martin continues.

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