Crown cross examines accused
MURDER accused Mitchell Anthony Winefield has given intimate details of the dispute he had with Caleb Jarret prior to the teenager’s death in Nambucca Heads two years ago.
On the stand and undergoing cross examination, the 45-year-old was questioned at length over several points of contention.
In his testimony, the mechanic denied he owned the knife produced as the murder weapon in court.
He told the jury he saw the knife on the ground during the scuffle and picked it up to stop it being used against him.
“I was concerned about being stabbed,” Winefield said. “I was petrified, I was going to be bashed and stabbed and left for dead.”
The Crown queried why after the fight he left the scene to seek medical attention for a cut to his hand, despite the fact he thought about ringing an ambulance.
“Why didn’t you go home get your mobile phone . . . ring police and say someone is trying to kill me?” the prosecution asked.
He was also queried about discrepancies in his most recent version of events under oath and a testimony he gave in front of another jury in August last year.
The prosecution asked why he failed to continue driving home when he saw police lights outside his home, after he could not find a 24-hour medical centre to treat his hand in Nambucca Heads.
“I wasn’t acting rationally,” Winefield said.