Turner paranoid after needlestick



ACCUSED murderer Steven Roy Turner became paranoid and slept with a knife beside his bed following a needlestick injury in 2004, a court heard yesterday.

Turner's ex-girlfriend Kathryn Margaret Ford yesterday told a committal hearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court their relationship took a turn for the worst after the injury.

The court heard Turner contracted Hepatitis C when he was pricked by a syringe while working at Rocky recycles.

He is charged with the murder of known drug user Nicole Lieske in February 2005.

Ms Ford told the court her relationship with Turner had been stable up until the accident.

They dated for about two years with Ms Ford giving birth to a son in June 2004.

After contracting the disease, she said Turner started abusing illicit drugs and became suicidal.

She said Turner would barricade himself inside the house, sleep with a knife beside his bed and disappear for days on end.

In early 2005 the couple finally split and Ms Ford moved out of the couple's Burnett Street home, taking the child with her.

However, she told the court she feared for her safety following Turner's arrest in 2005 fearing she would be attacked by his associates or others.

Last week the court was played a video recording of a police interview in which Turner admitted to dumping Ms Lieske's body in bushland near The Caves.

He did not, however, admit to killing her, claiming he found her body in his house.

Ms Lieske's remains were located in June 2005, nearly four months after her murder.



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