Accused man had cuts to hand

POLICE and a doctor are the latest witnesses to take the stand in a Coffs Harbour Supreme Court murder trial.

Dr Lorna McLeod was a senior staff specialist on duty at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus emergency department on February 15, 2009, when she saw patient Mitchell Winefield, the man now accused of the murder of Nambucca Heads teenager Caleb Jarrett.

Mr Winefield, 45, has pleaded not guilty.

Dr McLeod told the court yesterday Winefield had bandages on his left hand and she examined his injuries.

She said he had injuries to three of his fingers – his index, middle and ring fingers – on his left hand and was unable to extend two of his fingers, indicating tendon damage.

She told the court the injuries were consistent with being caused by a sharp object, indicative of a knife blade.

Dr McLeod said Winefield was referred to an orthopaedic team and underwent surgery that day and left the hospital with police the following day.

Sergeant Belinda Dalzell from Macksville Police Station told the court she went to Mann St at Nambucca Heads in the early hours of February 15, 2009, and inspected the area for blood.

She told the court she saw blood in a driveway and also noticed two fresh marks in a gravel driveway.

At a nearby house she saw blood at the front door and veranda, blood drops on a wall near the front door and inside the house saw blood in a loungeroom.

Later at Macksville Police Station, where Winefield was placed in custody, Sgt Dalzell asked Mr Winefield if she could look at his hand.

She told the court Winefield said “Yeah, I cut the tendon, I can’t move my finger”, and she maintained under cross examination this had been the conversation.

She also said she had noticed Winefield smelled strongly of intoxicating liquor, his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slightly slurred.

The stabbing allegedly occurred during a fight on February 14, 2009, around 11.45pm.

A post mortem examination found Mr Jarrett, 18, died from a wound that pierced his heart.

The trial, which is now into its 11th day, continues.



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