Blackwater murder accused Gwenda Lee Brown was refused bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Blackwater murder accused Gwenda Lee Brown was refused bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Blackwater death: Were fatal stab wounds self-inflicted?

A CENTRAL Queensland woman accused of stabbing her partner to death has argued there is a stronger case to suggest the wounds were self inflicted in her application for bail.

Gwenda Lee Brown, 46, is accused of fatally stabbing her 43-year-old partner on March 16 2018 in Blackwater.

Ms Brown, who has been in custody for 550 days, applied for bail in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday after her original request was quashed in a Rockhampton court in December.

Ms Brown was originally denied bail in December in Rockhampton.
Ms Brown was originally denied bail in December in Rockhampton.

But before the application was heard, Justice Elizabeth Wilson put on the record her disappointment with the police prosecutions' handling of the case.

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Justice Wilson said they had been "obstructionist" in not allowing Ms Brown's defence team access to some material, forcing them to gain access through an application to the magistrate.

"I find that somewhere between disappointing and disturbing that police prosecutions does that. It just seems to be a blanket no. Especially (with) very serious charges like this," she said.

"You should be entitled to the material and they shouldn't be obstructionist ... I did find that disappointing about this case."

In Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday, defence barrister Gerry Elmore argued that Ms Brown should be granted bail because of the delay and a material change of circumstances.

The court heard since Ms Brown's last bail application in December, a second doctor had provided a report on the stab wounds.

He found that there was a "possibility" that the wounds were self-inflicted ­­- which was stronger than the first doctor's finding that self infliction could "not be excluded".

Ms Brown's partner was stabbed in the groin, the stomach and the right thigh but it was the wound to the thigh that was lethal, the court heard.

"(The second doctor's) conclusion with the use of the word 'possibility' as opposed to 'not be excluded', increases the likelihood of it being self-inflicted," Mr Elmore said.

Crown prosecutor Steven Dickson argued that the two doctors gave very similar evidence and the slight variation did not weaken the Crown's strong circumstantial case.

"There's a lot of supporting evidence," Mr Dickson said

Justice Wilson agreed that there were no grounds for bail and that the Crown had a reasonably strong case.

Ms Brown's trial is expected to get underway as soon as late 2019. - NewsRegional

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