Constable questioned in case
BOYNE Island local Peta Airini Nocon faced the second day of a murder committal hearing in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.
Day two saw defence solicitor Chris Nyst cross-examine Detective Senior Constable Marya Groen-Int-Woud on both her statement and her digital recording of events at the hospital before Nocon was taken to Gladstone Police Station.
Mr Nyst questioned whether Snr Const Groen-Int-Woud did or did not officially question the defendant at the hospital while she was undergoing treatment for a knife cut to her elbow.
Mr Nyst queried the techniques of the forensic team who took samples from the defendant at the hospital and queried whether the government medical officer assigned to the case had been clearly introduced or explained her role to the defendant.
Mr Nyst and Snr Const Groen-Int-Woud both disagreed on the seriousness of the defendant’s injuries. Mr Nyst questioned the witness about her refusal to let the defendant write a note to the deceased at the hospital.
It was discussed how a legal aid solicitor was contacted on two occasions to come to the watch-house for Nocon but never turned up and how she declined a solicitor after that. Mr Nyst went on to question Snr Const Groen-Int-Woud on her treatment of someone so young.
“I believe she needed guidance because of her very young age and the police did not offer this,” Mr Nyst said. “I found she was very articulate for 18,” Snr Const Groen-Int-Woud said.
Because Nocon spent many hours at the hospital getting treatment, police had to apply for an extension of the detention period for questioning and Mr Nyst queried the process.
The hearing continues today.