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.