Tears flow in murder trial
THE ninth day of evidence in the Supreme Court murder trial in Coffs Harbour has proven the most emotional yet.
Family members of Caleb Jarrett, fatally stabbed in Nambucca Heads two years ago, yesterday broke down in the courtroom as the 18-year-old’s final moments were retold.
Mitchell Anthony Winefield, 45, an auto electrician in the town, is on trial charged with his murder.
The stabbing allegedly occurred during a fight on February 14, 2009, around 11.45pm. Police and ambulance officers, who attended the crime scene, took the stand yesterday.
In his testimony, NSW Ambulance paramedic Michael Mair said he was tasked to Mann St near the intersection of Hyland Park Rd at 11.53pm.
Mr Mair recalled how the deceased was laying on the footpath shortly after he arrived. Caleb had a shirt tied around his leg stemming the flow of blood from a wound.
Mr Mair said the victim had sustained multiple knife wounds to his body, including two small stab wounds to the right and left side of his chest.
A post mortem later found the deceased died from a wound that pierced his heart.
“(He was) very pale, very sweaty and had a lot of blood all over him.”
He said a pulse was unable to be taken from the victim’s wrist, due to the large amount of blood loss.
“I made the decision this gentlemen was already dying.”
The ambulance left the scene at 12.06am and raced towards Coffs Harbour Hospital.
Mr Mair said the deceased lost consciousness at 12.12am and went into cardiac arrest thereafter.
“(He) only said one thing as he was starting to lose consciousness – ‘boys’.” For family members in the courtroom, the moving testimony proved too much.
Mr Mair said paramedics in the two responding ambulances did all they could to save Caleb.
NSW Police officer Constable Colin Bird told of how he spoke with the other youths at the scene gaining a description of the other man involved and the vehicle he drove from the scene.
“They said it was a ‘white fella’ that was all they said,” Constable Bird said.