Murder accused Kenneth John Beattie (right) outside the Scottsdale St address.
Murder accused Kenneth John Beattie (right) outside the Scottsdale St address.

Murder accused falls asleep as court hears grim details

A MAN charged with the alleged murder of his flatmate fell asleep in the dock and started snoring as a pathologist outlined the horrific injuries his victim sustained.

Kenneth John Beattie, 52, was charged with the 2014 murder and torture of his flatmate Mal Wood, 51, in the Scottsdale St, Raceview home they shared with another person.

It is alleged Mr Beattie assaulted Mr Wood during an argument before he hog-tied and strangled him in the living room.

Mr Wood died in hospital on July 31, 2014 - four days after the violent incident inside the house.

Mr Beattie faced Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday for a brief committal hearing where his defence team conceded their was a prima facie case for him to answer.

Magistrate Roger Stark committed the matter to Brisbane Supreme Court for trial.

Pathologist Dr Nadine Ford told the court she conducted Mr Wood's autopsy on August 4 and outlined in detail the injuries he sustained in the attack.

Dr Ford said during the autopsy she located abrasions and ligature marks on Mr Wood's neck which she said were consistent with strangulation.

She said she also located haemorrhaging in Mr Wood's neck muscles and inner eyelids which she said were also consistent with someone being strangled with considerable force.

The court heard Mr Wood was hog-tied on his stomach in such a way that if he moved his legs or arms it would increase pressure on the rope around his neck.

Dr Ford said she also located several blunt force traumas to Mr Wood's head, a fractured vertebrae and several broken ribs during the autopsy.

But she said Mr Wood's rib fractures were consistent with CPR having been performed on him.

The court heard emergency services found Mr Wood laying face down and unresponsive on his stomach with his tongue hanging out the side of his mouth when they arrived at the scene.

Defence barrister David Shepherd suggested to Dr Ford that Mr Wood's body fat, emphysema and coronary issues led to his death.

Dr Ford told the court these factors were unlikely to have contributed to his death given the other injuries he had sustained.

Magistrate Stark asked Mr Beattie if he would like to say anything before committing him to trial to which he replied no.

Mr Beattie will face trial at a future date.



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