Doctor: Boy drank before murder

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

RUSSELL Griffin had been drinking alcohol before he was murdered on October 15, 2001, the Rockhampton Supreme Court heard yesterday.

A former Queensland Health pathologist yesterday said a toxi- cology report revealed the 13- year-old's body had a blood alco- hol concentration of 0.063, higher than the legal driving limit.

Last week the murder trial of Joseph Garrett Button, heard the accused had told friends he had been drinking wine with a young man on the day Russell and his nine-year-old sister Kimberley were killed.

The pathologist, Dr Terrence Sinton, who did the autopsy on both children, revealed the cause of death in both cases to be "as- phyxiation consistent with com- pression of the neck''.

Button has pleaded not guilty to murdering the North Rock- hampton children. He has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape against Kimberley.

Peter Clausen, a forensic scien- tist from John Tonge Centre, Brisbane, said blood with DNA matching Kimberley Griffin's was found on a shirt belonging to Button.

He also said sperm, be- lieved to be from Button, was on Kimberley's pants.



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