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Frightened Justine Jones hid in bushes after call to police

Justine Jones.
Justine Jones.

AFTER urgently calling for help from a phone box, a shirtless Justine Jones huddled in bushes on one of Mooloolaba's busiest roads waiting for police to rescue her.

The 22-year-old Alexandra Headland barmaid would tell officers the man she was seeing had kicked her, slapped her on the lip, smashed her phone and ripped off her shirt.

Justine signed a police statement saying the person who assaulted her nine days before Christmas 2009 was Richard Peter Coburn, who is accused of murdering her and dumping her body in a wheelie bin.

Coburn, 29, pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court this week and faces a two-week trial.

Crown prosecutor David Meredith told the jury normally statements about past domestic violence incidents would be inadmissible hearsay, but in this case they had become evidence.

"They are relevant to the nature of their relationship and what his attitude to her was," he said.

"He gets angry with her when she doesn't do what he wants. He's possessive.

"If she wants to leave he assaults her. These incidents usually arise when both of them have been drinking."

The court heard there was a more serious incident two days after the new year in 2010, this time resulting in 24 stitches to Justine's shoulder blade.

During a 000 call, she claimed she had fallen on glass but she later told officers Coburn had told her to say that when really he had thrown a glass at her.

She told police she was going to leave but he did not want her to.

The court heard Coburn was taken to Maroochydore watch-house, issued with a domestic violence order and released just before 6am.

Justine's then flatmate Naomi White told the court she was woken by Justine banging on her bedroom door early the next morning.

She said she then saw Coburn through a window, heard him banging on the unit door and watched him "trying to get in".

The court also heard from a police officer who arrived to find paramedics treating Coburn after Justine had knocked him to the ground while drink-driving.

The officer told the court Justine told her she wanted to go out with her sister but Coburn did not want her driving drunk.

The case has been adjourned until at least tomorrow after Coburn's defence counsel became suddenly unavailable.

Topics:  justine jones, murder trial




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