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Witness says she didn't see alleged glassing occur

A WOMAN who was present during an alleged glassing in Gladstone did not see the crime occur, a court heard yesterday.

Michael Baillie is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm with an instrument.

He is alleged to have hit Jason Sorafumo with a glass to the side of the head on February 17 last year.

Sorafumo suffered a severed cheek artery that required extensive surgery.

The third day of proceedings saw four Crown witnesses called to give evidence, including a resident of the Callide Cres house where the crime is alleged to have taken place.

Kerry Ann Johnston yesterday told the court she saw Mr Baillie, Mr Sorafumo and Graham Randalf "rolling on the ground" in what appeared to be a fight.

"There was glass everywhere, all around where they were fighting," she said.

However, she said she did not see a glass hit Mr Sorafumo , although she heard glass shatter.

Ms Johnston's evidence means only the defendant and victim witnessed the crime, despite at least five people being present.

The agreed facts place Mr Sorafumo on the front lawn of the Callide Cres property in Barney Point.

The alleged attack happened about 130m away from his home on Kianga St.

It was also agreed by opposing counsel that an argument took place on the front lawn of the property.

Clinical Forensic Medical Unit state director Dr Adam Griffin appeared via videolink to give specialised evidence on Sorafumo's medical records and police photographs.

Dr Griffin confirmed Mr Sorafumo's injury was an "incised wound due to sharp force trauma".

During cross-examination, it was revealed the injury could have been caused by stabbing, slicing or rolling onto broken glass.

Mr Sorafumo's DNA was not found on Mr Baillie's clothing following scientific examination.

Gladstone District Court was again adjourned mid-afternoon yesterday, with closing arguments scheduled for Monday morning.

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