CRIME SCENE: Kenneth John Beattie, 51, (above far right) is accused of murdering his flatmate Mal Wood, 51, (below) last year at the house they shared in Scottsdale St, Raceview.
CRIME SCENE: Kenneth John Beattie, 51, (above far right) is accused of murdering his flatmate Mal Wood, 51, (below) last year at the house they shared in Scottsdale St, Raceview. KATE CZERNY

Application made to cross-examine police ahead of trial

THE legal team of murder accused Kenneth John Beattie have applied to cross-examine five police officers ahead of a committal hearing.

Mr Beattie, 51, was charged with the murder and torture of his flatmate Mal Wood, 51, stemming from an incident on July 27, 2014.

It is alleged Mr Beattie hog-tied and strangled Mr Wood at the Scottsdale St, Raceview home they shared with another person.

Mr Wood died in hospital several days later.

Defence barrister David Shepherd told Ipswich Magistrates Court five police officers involved in the case should be cross-examined to ascertain certain evidence.

He said it was to ensure any possible issues were dealt with ahead of a committal hearing and subsequent trial.

"The details, while they may be irrelevant to the officers, could play a vital role in what is a murder case," he said.

"There were extensive conversations between officers and my client on the day.

"The officer's statements are incomplete and my client's demeanour, state of mind and the scene inside the house will play an important role.

"The smallest detail in this case could be critical . . . especially given the allegation Mr Wood's death was an unlawful killing."

Crown prosecutor Ryder Reid told the court there was more than 210 pages of statements and transcripts of recordings taken on the day between Mr Beattie and officers.

He said the Crown did not object to one of the officers being cross-examined.

"There is GoPro footage from inside the house taken from paramedics who were at the scene on the day," he said.

"There is also 360 imagery of the scene which was taken after the deceased was taken to hospital."

Magistrate Stuart Shearer reserved his decision on the defence application.



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