Mum takes the stand for murdered teen

THE mother of murdered teen, Camilla George, said her daughter's alleged killer could have been faking his drunken state.

Marina Malcolm yesterday made the claim while giving evidence at the Supreme Court trial in Rockhampton of Maxwell Ronald Brown.

Brown has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Camilla on April 25 2004, which followed her alleged assault on April 18.

Ms Malcolm, Brown's former partner, told the court Brown had been drunk but not "drunk drunk'' on April 17. She suggested he could have been putting it on.

Ms Malcolm said both she and Brown had been drinking heavily that day, but Camilla had not.

She wept in between giving evidence and did not make eye contact with Brown as she passed him in the courtroom.

Camilla's older sister Cecilia George, 19, also took the stand.

She admitted Camilla had been sniffing paint on the day. Cecilia recalled Brown had left a family party with Camilla about 6pm on April 17.

Brown's brother Kenneth Edward Tranby also testified that Camilla and Brown had arrived at his North Rockhampton home later that evening.

Mr Tranby heard Camilla tell Brown she wanted to go back into town, but Brown wanted to stay.

Mr Tranby fell asleep about 10pm and woke to find Brown asleep and no sign of Camilla about 4am. He said he didn't notice any blood on his brother.



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