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Alleged mother murderer was kind, friends say

FRIENDS of accused murderer Horace Lorenzo Jones yesterday described him as a "gentle" and "kind" man, who was never ever violent.

"The only time I'd see him down was when he was fighting with his mum," 19-year-old Taylah Currie told the Rockhampton Supreme Court.

Jones, 21, has pleaded not guilty to killing his mother Roxane Gilbert with a samurai sword and steak knife at his Gladstone home on June 29, 2012.

Her body was found in a car dumped in swampland near Calliope River at Gladstone.

She lived in Bundaberg, but had been visiting her son at his Gladstone home.

Speaking from the witness stand, Ms Currie told the court Jones was acting "unusual" when he visited her family home that same day.

"It was very unlike him," she said. "He said he had a bad day... he asked to wash his hands a lot."

Taylah's brother Jack Currie and two other friends were also at the house at the time.

The court heard Jones told them his mother had attacked him, so he killed her.

"He told us he'd done something bad," one friend said.

"None of us knew the body was in the car... then he said he was going to hide it."

After leaving the house for a short time, it is alleged Jones returned in a different vehicle.

Ms Currie said Jones had often spoken about his relationship with his mother.

She said the way Ms Gilbert treated Jones upset him.

"But he always wanted to fix his relationship with her," she said. "That's all he wanted to do."

Photographs of the alleged crime scene were also shown to the jury.

Forensic investigators were able to detect traces of blood in almost every room of Jones's house by using luminol.

Sergeant Adrian Brock said it appeared the blood had been wiped.

He said this was indicative of some sort of clean up.

A fingernail and piece of flesh were found in the lounge room, where the alleged murder took place.

Sgt Brock said blood was also found on a packet of zip ties on a small dining table.

Male clothes, a bath towel and a sheet were located in the washing machine.

A pair of shoes, with visible blood stains, was also found in the sink.

The prosecution was expected to close its case yesterday afternoon.

The trial continues today.

Topics:  calliope river, crime, editors picks, murder, rockhampton supreme court




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