Murder trial hears body had injection mark under nipple
AN ambulance officer who attended to Luke McAuliffe the morning of his death says she noticed an "unusual" injection mark on his abdomen.
Advance-care paramedic Seeona Brown gave evidence in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton yesterday, during the fourth day of Kerryn Ann Young and Bradley David Hill's trial.
The Rockhampton duo are charged with the murder of Mr McAuliffe, who was found dead on the floor of his bedroom by his parents at their Gladstone home on October 10, 2010.
It is alleged he died from heroin poisoning.
Ms Brown, who was a student paramedic at the time, told the court she and a senior paramedic, Bradley Lawson, arrived at the Gladstone address at 1.25am.
She said police followed them to the house and provided light in the room with their torches, as "none of the lights worked in the room".
The court heard the two paramedics began CPR on Mr McAuliffe, who was unconcious, not breathing and without a pulse.
Ms Brown said two on-call paramedics joined them.
Ttreatment of Mr McAuliffe continued until they arrived at the hospital.
Ms Brown said she noticed what looked like a fresh injection mark under Mr McAuliffe's left nipple when they were transporting him.
She told the court she thought it was unusual because of its position.
Mr Lawson also gave evidence about injection marks he had seen.
He said in total he observed five marks, two on the right side of the Mr McAuliffe's abdomen, one at the left elbow, one near the belly button and the one Ms Brown had seen.
Doctor Sohail Ashraf, who was working in the Gladstone Hospital's emergency department when Mr McAuliffe arrived, also gave evidence.
He said he was told by police and ambulance officers Mr McAuliffe had received a supply of meth and a syringe containing a "cocktail of injectable drugs" the day before.
The court heard Mr McAuliffe was pronounced dead at 2.30am.