Woman's state of mind central to attempted murder trial

THE state of mind of a woman when she stabbed a former boyfriend at a Toowoomba unit complex was central to her attempted murder trial in the city's Supreme Court.

Leanne Maree Rogers, 48, is accused of stabbing Steven Troy Smith five times at her Toowoomba unit complex on October 10, 2010.

Rogers has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but guilty to an alternate charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Smith with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

However, Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco told the court the Crown did not accept the defendant's plea of guilty to the alternate charge.

Opening the Crown case, Ms Marco said Rogers and Mr Smith had known each other for some years and though their relationship had ended about six months prior to the incident, Mr Smith stayed at her unit on occasions.

That day he had been drinking with a friend at the Settlers Inn Hotel before returning to the Stephen St unit where he found Rogers drinking with others.

The couple had argued and he had left but had turned around in the driveway when he was approached by Rogers yelling at him.

When he told her to go away, Rogers had pushed him over before returning to her unit.

She came back downstairs armed with a large kitchen knife with which she stabbed Mr Smith in the chest and neck, cutting an artery.

As Mr Smith lay on the ground trying to stem the flow of blood, Rogers had stabbed him another three times, Ms Marco said.

Defence barrister John Allen told the jury his client admitted to causing grievous bodily harm but that was a far cry from attempted murder.

The Crown would have to prove that his client had gone beyond causing serious injury and at the time had the specific intention to end Mr Smith's life, he said.

The trial continues.



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