James William Glenn continues to face court in Rockhampton after being accused of the murder of a prostitute in Gladstone in 2010.
James William Glenn continues to face court in Rockhampton after being accused of the murder of a prostitute in Gladstone in 2010. Chris Ison

Accused went to the movies just hours after alleged murder

IN THE hours after allegedly murdering a 52-year-old sex worker in a Gladstone hotel, James William Glenn went to the movies to watch Harry Potter, a Rockhampton court heard yesterday.

The murder trial of the Gladstone man got under way yesterday two years after he allegedly stabbed the sex worker.

Glenn, 20, was charged with the murder of Shuxia Yuan after he allegedly slit her throat and stabbed her in the chest at a Gladstone hotel in December 2010.

Glenn has pleaded not guilty to murder.

In his opening statement, Crown prosecutor Michael Cowan told the Supreme Court at Rockhampton two witnesses heard noises coming from a neighbouring room at the hotel and decided to investigate.

Mr Cowan said when they looked into the hotel room they saw Glenn towering over Yuan "and killing her".

He said Yuan managed to crawl her way to the front door of the room.

When the woman reached the door she opened it and the witnesses saw her throat had been cut, the court heard.

"Major blood vessels were severed," Mr Cowan said.

"Her hands and arms were sliced and there was a major cut along her hamstring."

Mr Cowan said the witnesses took Yuan to the car park in an effort to rush her to hospital but she collapsed and died.

The court heard Yuan died of major blood loss.

Earlier that day, Glenn bought a bait knife, the weapon allegedly used in the violent attack, from a Gladstone fishing shop.

The court heard Glenn organised the killing after he flicked through the classifieds section of a local newspaper and found an advertisement inviting readers to make appointments with sex workers.

Mr Cowan told the court it was not known why Glenn specifically targeted Yuan.

After he stabbed Ms Yuan, he fled the scene through a back door of the hotel room.

He then rode his motorbike to the marina in Gladstone where he changed his blood-covered clothes.

The court heard he rode his bike to a local cinema, where he met up with a friend, and watched a Harry Potter movie.

Later that night, police officers arrived at Glenn's home where the 20-year-old made a full confession to the killing.

The trial continues today.



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