Victim?s mother near tears



THE mother of murder victim Nicole Leiske could barely hold back her tears as she laid eyes on the man accused of killing her daughter yesterday.

Colleen Whiffen was one of several quiet observers seated in the public gallery of Rockhampton Magistrates Court as Stephen Roy Turner faced charges of murder and interfering with a corpse.

The committal hearing is expected to last two weeks and include up to 150 witnesses and more than 60 exhibits.

Turner's friend, Jamie Paul Brozat, took the stand early yesterday afternoon, alleging the defendant had been depressed around the time of the murder.

Brozat said he had stayed close to Turner to help him cope with the fallout of a needlestick injury in October 2004.

But he said he had never known the defendant to take illicit drugs.

The hearing will resume this morning.



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