‘Blood everywhere’: Father’s shock find after son’s death
The father of an alleged murder victim has told a court of finding his son dead in the loungeroom of a Wynnum unit, with "blood everywhere''.
"The shirt that he was wearing was soaked in it,'' Albert Switez-Glowacz told Brisbane Supreme Court, in evidence pre-taped in 2019, because of his own ill health, and shown to a jury.
Emily Jane Tracey and Paul Mathew Moore have pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Switez-Glowacz, 36, at Wynnum West on February 6, 2018.
The court heard James died as a result of a haemorrhage caused by eight stab wounds in his head and upper back and the Crown alleges his then-wife Tracey and Moore were involved in his murder.
Albert Switez-Glowacz told of going to his son's unit on February 8, 2018, after several unsuccessful attempts to reach him by phone.
Mr Switez-Glowacz said he found the unit screen door and front door closed but unlocked, although his son was usually fastidious about locking both doors.
"As I opened the door and walked in I noticed that there was a lot of dried blood on the floor," he said.
He said he then saw splashes of blood all over the wall beside internal stairs.
"I was taken back a bit. I didn't see James at first, how he was positioned in the corner of the room," Mr Switez-Glowacz said.
He said when he went into the loungeroom, after checking the kitchen, he saw James "tucked in the corner of the room''.
"He was in the corner on his hands and knees. His face was, I think, touching the floor,'' Mr Switez-Glowacz.
"He had his right arm behind his back and there was just blood everywhere. The shirt that he was wearing was soaked in it,'' Mr Switez-Glowacz said.
He said his son's T-shirt was pulled up over the back of his head.
"I rang triple-0 and spoke to the operator who asked me to give James a bit of a nudge,'' Mr Switez-Glowacz said.
"I did that and there was no movement, he was cold to touch and he was quite stiff.''
He said the operator asked if he could do CPR, but he said he thought it was beyond that, and when he was asked to touch his son, he did, but there was no response.
Mr Switez-Glowacz said several weeks before his death James told him he wanted to obtain sole custody of his daughter Alana, who lived with his wife, Emily Tracey, from whom he was separated.
James's mother, Debbie Goodlet, told the court how her son, who had paranoid schizophrenia and a history of drug use, had been in a good place in life at the time of his death.
"It was the best he'd been in many years," Ms Goodlet said.
She said her son had been taking his medication and was not using illegal drugs.
Ms Goodlet said the last time she saw James he told her he was going to end his relationship with Tracey.
She said she gave him a hug and kiss and said: "I love you and I'm proud of you."
"He was determined he wanted to be a good Dad to Alana," Ms Goodlet said.
The Brisbane trial is continuing.
Originally published as 'Blood everywhere': Father's shock find after son's death