With her voice wavering and nose sniffling, a murder accused told Sydney detectives how a lazy Friday brunch at home evolved into a scenario that led to her boyfriend striking a man’s head with a samurai sword.
Jurors in the murder trial of Hannah Quinn and Blake Davis on Monday began watching the 26-year-old woman’s six-hour police interview held after her first court appearance on August 14, 2018.
Both have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jett McKee, with Quinn also denying a further charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder.
“I’m here to help and assist and co-operate with you guys. Where’s the best place to start?” the quietly-spoken Quinn asked the detectives.
She detailed how four days earlier she’d returned to Davis’ Forest Lodge unit with two coffees, avocado on toast and a bacon-and-egg roll and noticed a man “looking around everywhere” in the front yard.
As she mentioned it to Davis and handed him his drink, the man burst in and pointed a gun at the couple, Quinn said.
“He was really intimidating … he said there would be more people coming if he didn’t get what he wanted,” she said.
“He said there were people who knew who our family was.”
Quinn told police she was screaming, stressing and “was not sure what was going on” before Davis was felled by the knuckleduster-wearing McKee and the intruder grabbed a bag on her shoulder.
Giving chase, she caught him in the front yard after he lost his footing, Quinn told detectives.
“He was holding the gun up to me and I’ve just frozen,” she said.
“And that’s when Blake ran up and he hit the guy … and I just saw blood.
“I just ran. I freaked out.”
Running back to the unit, Quinn said the pair were having “panic attacks and I was freaking out”.
They decided to hide the sword and flee over the back fence.
“We thought there might be more people coming so we just got out of there,” Quinn said.
“We just ran. I don’t know where we even ran, we just ran. We hid in an alleyway for while.”
The jury has heard the couple stayed at hotels over the weekend before a solicitor arranged for them to go to a police station on Monday, August 13.
Quinn’s barrister Tom Hughes, who was seated behind his client during the 2018 interview, has described her account to jurors as “possibly one of the most harrowing and emotional accounts you will ever hear”.
Davis’ barrister, Margaret Cunneen SC, has argued Davis acted in defence of Quinn.
But the Crown alleges McKee was fleeing the residence and some 100m down the street before Quinn pulled him to the ground and Davis struck his head with the sword.
Prosecutor Chris Taylor said there was no justification for the 30-year-old’s slaying “as unwanted … as that home invasion and robbery must have been”.
The trial continues.