Murder accused in court

ACCUSED murderer Peta Airini Nocon appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday for a committal hearing to decide if she will stand trial in the Supreme Court.

Nocon stands accused of the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Dylan James Scattergood, on August 13 last year.

Nocon was only 18 at the time of the death and Scattergood 19. Scattergood died in a Brisbane Hospital the following day, August 14. Nocon was also injured in the incident and had to be treated for a serious gash to her elbow.

The committal hearing began with the hand-up of evidence from police prosecutors before cross-examination of witnesses began. The detective in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Constable Marya Groen-Int-Woud, was the first witness to take the stand.

She gave evidence relating to photographs of the crime scene and conversations held at the hospital with the defendant before Nocon was taken into custody. Nocon had been arrested at the hospital on a charge of wounding and her hands had been bagged at the crime scene for preservation of evidence.

Defence solicitor Chris Nyst queried the detective's notes, electronic recordings and wording of police forms.

It was claimed that Nocon suffered, and was treated for, depression three years prior to the murder.

Det Groen-Int-Woud also stated that Nocon appeared unemotional when told of the death of Scattergood the next day while she was in the watchhouse.

The hearing was adjourned until 9.30am today.



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