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Witness Claims He Saw No Signs Of Struggle

The attorney for the man accused of killing the mother of his two children, yesterday accused a witness of contriving his testimony after he revealed new evidence not disclosed in his original police statement during day three of the murder trial.

Douglas Pratt, 27, is accused of the November 22, 2010 murder of Shande Cartwright.

Cartwright, 22, was found stabbed to death on Adelaide Beach.

Yesterday, police officer Daniel Rahming testified that he encountered Pratt at his mother’s Adelaide residence on the night the incident occurred.

Rahming said Pratt came to the home and claimed he and Cartwright had been attacked by a group of men wearing dark clothing while the couple was on a beach at Adelaide.

The officer said he noticed that Pratt had cuts about the upper body adding that he was bleeding and he had a cloth on each arm.

The witness told the court that Pratt claimed both he and Cartwright had ran to get help.

Rahming said he eventually went to the scene of where the incident occurred where he found Cartwright’s body which he indicated showed no signs of life.

He also told the court that based on his observations, there was no sign of a struggle.

However, Murio Ducille, Pratt’s attorney, questioned why Rahming never mentioned that fact in a police statement he wrote the day after the incident occurred.

Rahming insisted that he had only recently remembered that information, but Mr. Ducille suggested he had recently created that story.

Rahming denied the assertion.

Sandra Dee Gardiner is representing the Crown. The matter continues before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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