Unanswered telephone alerted sons

BRIAN Edwards tried to ring his mother Hilliary Allen three times on the morning of March 3, 2009, but she didn’t answer.

Mr Edwards’ older brother Gary walked by his mother’s home a couple of times that morning while playing golf at the nearby Singleton Golf Club and he thought it odd that her back doors were closed and the upstairs light was on, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Brian Edwards’ statement to police was read to the jury while Gary Edwards gave evidence at the trial of Scott O’Heir, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mrs Allen, 82.

Brian Edwards decided to call in on his mother after she failed to answer the phone three times on the morning of March 3, his statement said.

He ran some errands in town before parking outside his mother’s unit, Newcastle Supreme Court heard.

The security door was closed, but the wooden door was ajar.

Brian Edwards called out to his mother, but there was no reply.

Then he saw a shoeprint in blood and blood on almost every step that led to the unit’s upstairs section.

He found his mother dead on the floor of her garage not far from the unit’s entrance.

Mr O’Heir, 28, is accused of inflicting a wound on Mrs Allen’s leg while robbing her sometime on the afternoon or evening of March 2, 2009.

She died from blood loss as a result of that wound, the jury previously heard.

Mr O’Heir has pleaded not guilty to the robbery and murder.

His barrister, Nicolas Moir, previously told the jury it was Mr O’Heir’s girlfriend, Cheyenne Anderson, who confronted Mrs Allen and that Mr O’Heir is expected to tell the jury he tried to help Mrs Allen before leaving the home.

The trial before acting Justice David Freeman continues.

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