Man in court over hit and run
WHEN Shane McPherson’s car allegedly hit a pedestrian, was there an intention to kill?
Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard a hit and run-type accident had occurred at Gracemere on March 23 last year, but the question of “intent” became the focus of a committal hearing yesterday.
McPherson, 21, had allegedly left an injured man, 20, on the footpath on the corner of Arlott and Bland streets.
The man was bleeding, but was lucky to have been left outside the home of an off-duty paramedic, who immediately assisted.
Previously police indicated the man’s injuries included facial disfigurement and multiple broken bones.
On the day of the incident police had been called to McPherson’s home twice for two separate matters.
In the early hours of the morning his mini-motorbike had been stolen from his home in North Rockhampton and police arrived to collect evidence and statements.
Officers were back at his address a few hours later after a witness said they saw McPherson’s yellow utility pursuing a person riding the stolen motorbike in Gracemere about 9.30am.
Police found the missing motorcycle in the back of the utility.
McPherson is charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a vehicle, grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.
He has not entered a plea.
If it is determined there is enough police evidence, McPherson’s case will go before a jury in the District Court.
Gracemere police Sergeant Ray Pimm said when he arrived on scene the victim was bleeding and trying to get up and leave.
It has been alleged McPherson first collided with the victim on the corner of Whitman and Stover streets, knocking him off the bike.
He then allegedly ran over the victim around the corner, causing his injuries.
Sergeant Pimm told the court he conducted thorough investigations of the scene and found a number of relevant factors.
In evidence he spoke about tyre marks, paint scrapings and blood spots.
The hearing will continue today with more police and civilian witnesses.