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Man faces Rocky court accused of killing his half-brother

TWO years after the death of his half-brother, Mark Mizzi has faced a jury.

Mizzi appeared in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday charged with the manslaughter of Shane Francis Forno after an argument on Christmas Day, 2011.

In his opening statements, crown prosecutor Josh Phillips told the jury how Mizzi, his two children, Mr Forno and his disabled partner, Gale Peckham, attended an uneventful Christmas party at neighbour Jo-anne Rickson's home in Berserker.

He said later that evening Ms Peckham had witnessed the assault that caused Mr Forno to fall and cut his head, but Mizzi had given three different accounts to ambulance officers and police.

An emotional Jo-anne Rickson said an "ear-piercing" scream from Ms Peckham had sent her running to find Mr Forno on the floor with blood under his head and Mizzi on the floor beside him.

She told the jury how she gave instructions from ambulance officers over the phone to Mizzi who gave first aid until paramedics arrived.

Ms Peckham told the court she had seen Mizzi kick and punch Mr Forno, but under cross-examination defence barrister James Godbelt put it to her that Mr Forno was already on the floor by the time she saw him.

She became upset at the suggestion.

Mr Phillips objected, saying the questioning was too complex for her.

"I can't make it any simpler," Mr Godbelt responded.

The trial continues in the district court today.



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