Murder trial hears defendant stomped man's head
THE black pair of steel-capped boots used to stomp on an alleged murder victim's head was held up for the jury to see at day one of the murder trial against Stanley Stanley Junior in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday.
Stanley, 44, is charged with one count of murder after he stomped on Alan Robert Mitchell's head as he lay unconscious on the bedroom floor of a mutual friend's Koongal residence in April 2013.
Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court the 59-year-old victim and Stanley were known to each other but "had not seen eye-to-eye for some time".
"The victim died as a consequence of a brain injury when his brain rotated too fast in his skull," Mr Phillips said.
The court heard Mitchell arrived at the residence where Stanley was staying in the "wee hours" of April 22, and woke Stanley who was asleep in a bedroom.
The victim allegedly punched Stanley twice in the chest before Stanley punched him in the face two to three times with enough force to fracture bones in his hand.
Witness Barry Comyn, a friend of Stanley's, told the court he described Stanley as "fit and solid" at the time of the offence.
He said Stanley arrived at his home in the afternoon of April 21 with a "carton of grog" before he went to bed and was woken when Mitchell arrived shortly after midnight.
"(Mitchell and Stanley) had a bit of a scuffle, a bit of a blue and I saw them dancing around," Mr Comyn said.
"I saw him stomping on Alan's head with one hand up in the air.
"He was jumping with one leg coming down and both feet off the ground.
"It would have been a taught kick, he learned it somewhere."
Mitchell later died of brain injuries in hospital.
The trial is expected to finish on Wednesday.