Jury's out on fatal stabbing

A JURY is today deciding the fate of a 20-year-old woman who fatally stabbed her former fiancé with a "foot-long knife" after an argument in 2009.

Peta Airini Nocon pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton to the manslaughter of Dylan James Scattergood at her parent's Boyne Island home.

During his summing up yesterday, Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen questioned how Nocon held on to a "foot-long knife" after being cut with it, punched, and having fallen over a coffee table.

Mr Cowen told the jury Nocon said she was still holding the kitchen "foot-long knife" she had been fixing when Mr Scattergood began to leave the house.

He said she grabbed Mr Scattergood and a struggle ensued in which Mr Scattergood twisted her arm, causing the knife to cut her elbow, and punched her, causing her to fall over the coffee table.

The police officer who accompanied Nocon to hospital, Constable Angela Elisabeth Woodward, yesterday testified Nocon told her she held her hands, still armed with the knife, at a 90-degree angle when Mr Scattergood came charging toward her.

The knife plunged into his body, severing his liver and causing him to die from blood loss.

Mr Cowen said Nocon was "the aggressor from the start to the finish".

"Her reaction was not one of someone defending themselves."

Andrew Boe, the lawyer representing Nocon, said Mr Scattergood did not have "one nick" on him that was consistent with him defending himself.

He said the couple's relationship was an immature one with a history of some arguments and a degree of violence.



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