Accused murderer Scott O’Heir will blame his girlfriend for the death of Singleton grandmother Hilliary Allen after his barrister told the Newcastle Supreme Court yesterday that the robbery of Mrs Allen was not consistent with Mr O’Heir’s modus operandi.
Defence barrister Nicolas Moir told the jury that Mr O’Heir was responsible for a number of break-ins in Singleton in 2009, but at no time did he confront his victims.
Mr O’Heir would knock on a home’s door to check that no one was home before he would break-in and ransack the premises, Mr Moir said.
Mrs Allen, 82, was found dead in the garage of her Boonal Street home on the morning of March 2, 2009, by one of her sons, the jury heard.
She died from blood loss caused by a leg wound.
Mr O’Heir, 28, pleaded not guilty to the robbery and murder and will tell the jury that he tried to help Mrs Allen after his girlfriend, Cheyenne Anderson, confronted Mrs Allen in the upstairs area of the home, Mr Moir said.
Crown prosecutor Peter Barnett SC told the jury that Mr O’Heir and Ms Anderson came to the notice of police on the night of March 1, 2009.
Two officers asked Mr O’Heir and Ms Anderson for identification and when they didn’t have any the officers drove the couple to their George Street home.
Mr O’Heir and Ms Anderson fled via the front door of their home while the officers waited at their back door, Mr Barnett said.
Police then searched the George Street home two days later and found some of Mrs Allen’s belongings with some clothing in a cavity under the floor.
Both Mr O’Heir’s and Ms Anderson’s fingerprints were found on Mrs Allen’s items and Mrs Allen’s blood was found on the clothing.
Police later found Mr O’Heir and Ms Anderson living in a caravan park at Oberon, Mr Barnett said.
Police planted a listening device in the caravan and recorded telephone conversations the couple had.
The trial before acting Justice David Freeman continues.