Father tells court of finding his dead son in murder trial
PAUL McAuliffe didn't know what to do when he saw his son's lifeless body lying on the floor.
"I started shaking him, trying to wake him up," an emotional Mr McAuliffe yesterday told the Supreme Court, in Rockhampton.
But he did not respond.
Twenty-eight year old Gladstone man Luke McAuliffe was found dead on his bedroom floor during the early hours of October 10, 2010.
Luke's parents, Paul and Joy, took to the witness stand yesterday for the third day of Kerryn Ann Young and Bradley David Hill's murder trial.
Both Young and Hill are from Rockhampton.
It is alleged Young and Hill arranged for a lethal dose of heroin to be delivered to Luke, who took it thinking it was meth.
Joy said on the night of his death, Luke told her about some threatening messages he had received from Hill.
She said Luke asked her to drive around the block and check for cars because "Brad was coming after him".
The court heard Luke also received a message from Young asking him to come see her in a motel room.
"The last thing I said to Luke was 'promise me you won't go to that motel room'," she said.
Joy said Luke, who was unemployed and living at home at the time, was fine when she went to bed.
Then at 1.05am Joy was awakened by a phone call from one of Luke's friends.
"She was yelling 'Are you Luke's mum, is he all right?'" Joy said.
"I went to Luke's room and opened the door and he was on the floor. He looked like he had fallen off the bed.
"I yelled to my husband and I went and called Triple Zero."
Paul said he went to the room and after receiving instructions from the ambulance, started pumping on his son's chest.
"I tried to breathe some air into him," he said.
"But it got to the point I knew he was gone."
Paul and Joy said they knew about Luke's drug addiction, but never saw him inject anything.
The court heard Paul had installed security cameras at the home 12 months before Luke's death for his boat, not for Luke's protection.
But he also told the court there was a $5000 hit on his son's head at one point.
Paul and Joy were asked about a syringe found in the room, but both claimed they did not see it when they found Luke.
The trial continues today.