Witnesses at a murder trial being heard by the Supreme Court in Townsville say they encountered a naked man running through the streets saying he was going on a “killing spree” on the night before an elderly woman’s body was found in her home.
- Elizabeth Kippin was found dead in her Wulguru home on July 27, 2016
- Anthony James O’Keefe has pleaded not guilty to several charges including murder, attempted murder and wilful damage
- One witness told the court that the accused attacked her after they had injected drugs together on the night in question
Anthony James O’Keefe, 37, is accused of killing Elizabeth Kippin, 81, in her Wulguru home and attempting to kill two others in July 2016.
The Crown alleges Mr O’Keefe went on a “violent rampage” after injecting drugs on the evening of July 26, 2016.
Resident Darryn Haines told the court that on the night of July 26 he found a naked man huddled on his patio.
Mr Haines said the man’s demeanour changed when he refused to let him into his home.
In a triple zero call played to the jury, Mr Haines could be heard telling the operator: “He’s stark naked and saying he’s going to kill people.”
Another witness, Jason Cox, told the court he was getting out of his car when a naked man approached his vehicle.
“He said, ‘Help me, they’re trying to kill me’,” Mr Cox said.
Mr Cox told the court the man was holding what “looked to be” a knife.
He said the man told him he was going on a “killing spree” before he lunged at Mr Cox and struck him in the face.
Defence barrister Michael Hibble asked Mr Cox if he noticed any identifying features on the man, to which Mr Cox replied that he could not recall.
‘He slit my throat’
The court heard Mr O’Keefe and another woman, Brittny Speechly-Faulks, had injected drugs together at her home in Wulguru on the night of July 26.
Ms Speechly-Faulks told the court O’Keefe stabbed her multiple times after they had each injected one “shot” of amphetamine.
“He slit my throat, stabbed me in the back of the neck and the side … and said one, two, three, four, you’re dead, bitch,” she said.
During the cross-examination, Mr Hibble asked Ms Speechly-Faulks if she was telling the truth.
“Do you remember telling the police that you didn’t use any drugs that night?” he said.
Ms Speechly-Faulks said she was “scared” at the time to admit that she had taken drugs.
“And is that what prompted you to tell a few lies to the police?” Mr Hibble asked.
“If that’s what you want to call it,” Ms Speechly-Faulks replied.
Mr Hibble questioned whether other drugs Ms Speechly-Faulks said she had taken that day — including ice and cannabis — had affected her memory.
“Obviously, yes,” she replied.
The trial, presided over by Justice David North, continues.
Naked man ran through streets announcing ‘killing spree’ before 81yo found dead, court hears