Ute chased pedestrian: witness
A GRACEMERE woman’s plan to visit her daughter quickly came to a halt when she witnessed a murder attempt, a court heard yesterday.
As she stepped out of her car at her daughter’s Arlott Street home, the woman said, she saw a man driving a yellow utility chase a pedestrian down the street, mount the gutter, and run over him before driving off.
She said the pedestrian lay on the road curled up “like a donut” in pain from his severe injuries.
The man accused in the incident of March 23, 2009, is Shane Matthew McPherson.
Yesterday the 21-year-old was committed to stand trial in the District Court on charges of attempt to murder, dangerous operation causing grievous bodily harm and assault. He has not yet entered a plea.
Yesterday, during day two of his committal hearing in the Magistrates Court, 11 witnesses who saw the alleged incident or part of it gave evidence.
The Gracemere woman, who asked not to be named, said she first saw a man with dark olive skin run with a limp down the footpath.
She said he was being followed by a ute which was on the wrong side of the road.
“I could hear yelling and it looked like the driver was trying to harm the man,” the woman said.
“He was swinging his arm out the window.”
The woman said it was when the pedestrian ran towards a house that she saw the car mount the gutter and heard a loud “bang”.
“The ute kept driving,” she said.
What the women did not know at the time was the pedestrian had earlier stolen McPherson’s mini motorbike.
It is alleged McPherson confronted the man a few minutes before the traffic incident in a different Gracemere street, which was apparently how he injured his knee.
A number of witnesses yesterday said they heard yelling in the street at this time.
One had heard someone say, “I’m going to kill you”.
McPherson will appear at a date to be set.