Web picture in evidence

‘MISS murder’ was a MySpace caption on an image showing accused Peta Airini Nocon holding a knife, according to evidence discussed at the committal hearing in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

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

The evidence, including the MySpace image and caption dated prior to the stabbing incident, was discussed during day three of the committal hearing.

Defence solicitor Chris Nyst continued cross-examining Detective Senior Constable Marya Groen-Int-Woud on her statement, the process and series of events surrounding an application by police for an extension of detention of Nocon, the transcript of Nocon’s formal police interview and a range of witness statements.

During the course of questioning, information about the events surrounding the stabbing were unveiled, including the couple having several fights 24 hours prior to the incident, and the sharpening of knives in the kitchen.

Nocon alleges she was harming herself the night before the incident when the deceased fought her for the knife in her hand.

According to evidence, Nocon told police Scattergood impaled himself on the knife during a fight as she had held up the knife in self defence to scare him off.

Under cross-examination, Det Groen-Int-Woud alluded to inconsistencies in the accused’s version of events when formally interviewed and evidence found by police. Nocon alleged she fell backwards over a coffee table, with her legs ‘kind of’ still on the table, however Det Groen-Int-Woud stated there was no evidence of her legs having been on the table.

The hearing was adjourned until November 22.

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