Woman recounts partner’s murder to court

Written by admin on 30/07/2019 Categories: 佛山桑拿网

An expectant mother was in the midst of planning her baby shower when her partner was shot dead in front of her, a court has heard.


Rhiannon Knaggs, 23, cried as she told the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday about the day she saw her unborn child’s father, Wallace Ruiz-Sanchez, shot in the head at their front door on October 12, 2010.

She said she remembered seeing five men “hitting and punching” the 38-year-old.

Then she saw what she thought was a pole being used to strike her partner’s head.

“I heard a bang, there was blood everywhere.”

Ms Knaggs was giving evidence on the opening day of the trial of Bradley Owen Trawin-Hadfield.

The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Ruiz-Sanchez.

In his opening address, crown prosecutor Paul Leask told the jury that Trawin-Hadfield was one of five men who went to the couple’s home in Mount Pritchard in Sydney’s west that day.

The men allegedly wanted Mr Ruiz-Sanchez to stop harassing one of them about a $600 debt.

A brawl broke out at the front door, with the 38-year-old being punched and kicked by the men, Mr Leask said.

One of Trawin-Hadfield’s co-accused then picked up a gun and struck him in the head.

“The gun was loaded and it discharged,” Mr Leask said.

At the time, Trawin-Hadfield was holding Mr Ruiz-Sanchez’s arms behind his back.

Although he wasn’t the one holding the gun, Mr Leask said he was part of a joint criminal enterprise.

But Trawin-Hadfield’s barrister Peter Givorshner said his client was just following his friends and had no inkling for what was about to unfold.

“It was a punching and pushing exchange that turned into something horrendous,” he told the jury.

He said Trawin-Hadfield had limited decision-making skills caused by a permanent brain injury.

The trial continues.

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