Chris Ison

Witness tells jury of a confronting, bloody scene

"BLOOD everywhere, all over the couch. I seen blood on the floor."

This was the sight witness Tiarne Steedman said confronted her as she looked into a Holland St townhouse the night Michael "Mick" Ronald Gelens was killed.

Accused Blaze Seaton Pearce yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Mackay to one count of murder on December 18, 2012, in West Mackay.

Accused Blaze Seaton Pearce.
Accused Blaze Seaton Pearce.

Ms Steedman, 21, who was the third witness called by Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen, said she saw Mick on the floor at the couch.

"(Pearce) was standing over Mick spitting on him," Ms Steedman said.

"He had an object in his hand...it was a knife."

Defence barrister Dennis Lynch, for Legal Aid Queensland, asked Ms Steedman if it was the case she didn't know what Pearce had in his hand.

"No it's the case of being in so much shock that... everything (I'm) looking at just feels unreal," Ms Steedman said.

Mr Lynch said that during Ms Steedman's first statement to police, on December 19 in 2012, she'd said she saw Pearce standing over Mr Gelens with "an object" in his hands.

"You didn't describe in the statement that the object was a knife," Mr Lynch said.

Ms Steedman said she had heard a "loud thumping noise" while outside on the phone. She said she had been standing at the fence looking into Mr Gelen's unit and had seen Pearce standing in front of the couch moving his arm in "like a hitting motion" with a "saucepan" in his hand.

Ms Steedman, who was staying in the townhouse next door, had met Pearce only that day.

"Can you tell us what Blaze's demeanour was like?" Mr Cowen asked.

"He was very nice and very calm... he was (a) nice person," she said.

During her evidence the jury was asked to leave the room.

When they returned a screen had been placed between Ms Steedman and Pearce.

Justice David North instructed the jury they were to place no greater or less weight on her evidence or draw any inference of guilt because of the screen.



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