Accused murderer to face Supreme Court over strangling
THE man accused of the February 2013 murder of 38-year-old Nigel Robert Hill at an Alexandra Headland unit will stand trial in the Supreme Court.
Kai Cummins, 40, sat silently in the dock in Maroochydore Magistrates court today as defence barrister Simon Lewis cross-examined four witnesses in a committal hearing.
Pathologist Peter Ellis said Nigel "Alby" Hill died by strangulation.
He said a cable was found close to the body, and horizontal bruises on Mr Hill's neck were consistent with a cable "or some kind of ligature".
DNA from three people was found on what Mr Lewis described as a television cable - Mr Hill, an unknown person, and analysis suggested the third person's DNA was Mr Cummins' wife, Chynelle Cummins.
Ms Cummins also gave evidence today.
She said she and Mr Hill went for a walk on the beach before returning to the unit - where she had been staying for three days - about 9.15pm on February 21, 2013, when an argument started.
"Now is this right, you went to have a shower and when you came back you saw Kai pull Alby from the chair and begin to assault him?" Mr Lewis asked.
Ms Cummins said that was correct, and she saw Mr Cummins punch Mr Hill in the face about six times, bash the back of his head on the tile floor and pulling on a rope that was around Mr Hill's throat.
But Dr Ellis said there was no sign of injury to the back of Mr Hill's head consistent with bashing on tiles.
Mr Lewis asked Ms Cummins if she thought Mr Cummins was jealous of Mr Hill. She said she presumed he was.
A neighbour in the Alexandra Headland unit complex, Trevor Johnson, said Ms Cummins was "frantic" when she bashed on his door for help.
Mr Lewis asked Mr Johnson to confirm what Mr Cummins had said to him when he asked him what was going on.
"He said 'he tried to put his fingers inside my Missus'," Mr Lewis said.
Mr Johnson said that was what Mr Cummins had said.
Dr Ellis said tests showed Mr Hill had a "medium-high" level of alcohol in his body at the time he died.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist committed Mr Cummins to stand trial in the Supreme Court.