Desperate bid to save murder victim
AS EDMUND William Payne lay dying on a Card Street footpath, Alan Wainman tried mouthto-mouth resuscitation in a desperate attempt to keep him alive.
Mr Wainman yesterday told a committal hearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court how he rushed to his neighbour's aid after seeing him struggle with a man in the street.
He said he heard what sounded like a fire cracker going off and went outside to find the two men grappling with each other before Mr Payne fell to the ground.
Payne had been shot once in the chest, the bullet piercing his lungs and pulmonary artery and leaving him struggling to breathe and maintain consciousness.
The other man moved away from the body, stepping away from the brightness of the street light as he watched Mr Wainman run to Mr Payne's aid, the court heard.
Rockhampton man Steven Roy Turner has been charged over the May 22, 2005, murder. ? Mr Wainman told the court he had no idea Mr Payne had been shot saying he wasn't bleeding.
"I thought they had just been having a fight and one bloke hit the other bloke too hard,'' he said.
"Then I went down and saw Eddie and he was struggling, trying to breathe.''
Mr Wainman's wife, Leanne, called triple O while he stayed with Mr Payne and tried to keep him alive before an ambulance arrived.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
By the time police arrived on scene the man who had been struggling with Mr Payne had decamped and neither Mr n or Mrs Wainman were able to identify the suspect from a photoboard featuring pictures of 12 men.
The hearing will resume on wednesday.