WATCH: Taxi driver reenacts what he saw night Shandee died
5.30PM: THE only witness who saw anything the night Shandee Blackburn was murdered has been challenged on his memory of a "running man" seen shortly before he saw the 23 year old injured on the ground.
A police re-enactment video of what taxi driver Jaspreet Pandher saw the night Shandee was killed was played in court and on it he could he heard telling police what he saw.
Mr Pandher became frustrated after more than 90 minutes of being questioned about his movements that night.
"It doesn't make any difference how many times you ask me," he said.
"I'm going to say the same thing."
Defence barrister Craig Eberhardt said Mr Pandher kept changing his evidence.
"I was so shaken at the time," Mr Pandher said.
"You are just making me physically and mentally upset."
The coronial inquest heard Mr Pandher had already given evidence during a committal hearing and supreme court trial.
"I'm stressed ... it's not a happy thing," he said.
Mr Pandher told the court he had seen a man running over the grassed area shortly after he saw two people struggling over what looked like a bag near where Shandee's body was found.
Shortly after, he said, he saw a man running with what looked like a bag belt in front of him.
"How long did you watch the running man for?" Mr Eberhardt said
Mr Pandher said it was "seconds ... maybe two seconds".
"I don't know where he went. I just know he was a slim build guy," Mr Pandher said.
Mr Edberhardt said the court could not assume that the running man had anything to do with Shandee's murder at all, which Coroner David O'Connell said should be addressed in the submissions at the end of the inquest.
The court heard Mr Pandher did not see anyone carrying what looked like a weapon at the time.
Mr Pandher said, after he briefly saw the running man, he turned right into Boddington St and saw someone lying on the ground but at that point did not know if that person was dead or alive.
He told a friend to call for police and ambulance and drove up the road a bit.
He said in hindsight he may have done things differently.
3.13pm: THE forensic pathologist who examined Shandee Blackburn's body said her injuries had been inflicted fast and "with maximum force".
"These wounds to me have the appearance of frenzied stabbing," Professor David Williams said.
"It's quite horrific how many stab wounds there are really."
Taxi driver Jaspreet Pandher's evidence was interrupted so Prof Williams, who appeared via telephone, could be questioned.
The coronial inquest heard Prof Williams had previously given evidence in a supreme court murder trial against John Peros, who was charged and acquitted over Shandee's death.
Prof Williams agreed it could have taken "less than a minute" to inflict the injuries when solicitor Kristy Bell, who is representing Shandee's mother in the inquest, questioned him.
Vicki Blackburn sat stoically in the gallery as the harrowing details of her daughter's death were again heard in court.
Prof Williams said a major injury to Shandee's neck would mostly likely have impaired her ability to speak or call out.
He said it was unlikely two weapons had been used and it was expected a "substantial blade (has) been involved".
The court heard the attack was so forceful that part of Shandee's skull was damaged.
Prof Williams counted between 23 and 25 wounds to Shandee's body which included defensive injuries.
Barrister for Mr Peros, Craig Eberhardt, asked Prof Williams if he had told police he "would be surprised" if the offender did not have blood on them.
Prof Williams agreed.
The inquest continues.
2:20pm: A TAXI driver - who is the only witness to what happened the night Shandee Blackburn was killed - told the court he did not want to hear details about her injuries.
Under questioning during the inquest, Jaspreet Pandher apologetically repeated that it had been dark when he saw two people fighting as he was driving along Boddington St just after midnight on February 9.
He told a coronial Inquest it looked like one of the people had been trying to snatch a bag from the other.
Barley minutes had passed when Mr Pandher, after performing a u-turn to pick up a fare, saw a man running across the grass with what looked like something held in front in his hands and someone lying on the ground.
"If I knew something went wrong I might have followed him," Mr Pandher said.
"It's really hard."
He told the court he had been working that night.
He described the "running man" as tall, skinny with short hair and wearing dark clothes.
When Counsell Assisting the Coroner John Aberdeen told Mr Pandher of Shandee's injuries, which involved multiple stab wounds, he asked him to stop.
"Please don't tell me that," Mr Pandher said.
"It's really hard for me.
"I saw that she was lying on the ground. I figured out straight away that something went wrong."
As the inquest plays out under Coroner David O'Connell, Vicki and Shannah Blackburn and Paul Beardmore - Shandee's mother, sister and stepfather - are sitting on one side of the gallery while her former partner and man acquitted of her murder John Peros sits on the other.
Mr Aberdeen told the court the site where Ms Blackburn was murdered was "highly dangerous" at the time of her death.
"This case shows the potential of CCTV to enlighten investigators as to what was happening in that particular area that night," he said.
"They are a very common and important investigative tool in the hands of law enforcement these days and it is only to be expected that their use for such investigations will be increased as the years progress.
"Your honour may consider recommending additional CCTV facilities or upgrading those in existence."
Mr Aberdeen said Sergeant Nigel Dalton from Mackay Police Crime Prevention Unit was compiling a safety audit and would be called to give evidence on any particular areas of concern.
"Quite soon after Ms Blackburn's death, action was taken to improve that particular area," Mr Aberdeen said.
12.40pm: SHANDEE Blackburn's last boyfriend has been questioned heavily about her past relationships and whether or not she feared for her life.
Aaron Macklin had been working as a sous chef at Harrup Park Country Club when he and the 23 year old met and began a relationship in about November 2012.
Mr Macklin told the court the first he heard of Shandee's death had been when police arrived at work on February 9, 2013 with the tragic news.
He told the coroner's court that police had asked him about Shandee's former boyfriends to which he had told them he knew of one, who was a boxer and did not live far from her house on Boddington St.
Mr Macklin further told the court that Shandee had said he was aggressive, had mood swings and the relationship had ended badly.
Craig Eberhardt - who is representing John Peros who was acquitted of Ms Blackburn's murder - asked Mr Macklin about his first statement to police on February 9.
Mr Eberhardt said he did not tell police he knew her former boyfriend was a boxer and that he was aggressive.
"She didn't tell you that she was scared of anyone," Craig Eberhardt said.
Arron Macklin said no.
Mr Eberhardt said Mr Macklin did not mention any violence except for an occasion when Shandee had been attacked by some girls in town.
"Shandee didn't speak much about her past relationships?" Mr Eberhardt asked.
Mr Macklin said he knew she had a couple of bad relationships.
Council Assisting the Corner John Aberdeen told the court there had been an enormous amount of gossip and rumours circulating in Mackay after Shandee's death and one of the possible outcomes of the inquest was to allay any untruths.
During the police investigation, more than 12 people were, at one point or another, considered possible persons of interest.
Mr Aberdeen said the purpose of this inquest was to find the truth.
"It is not to lay blame on any person ... but to establish what really happened on this particular evening," he said.
"She was attacked violently and fatally with an edged weapon.
"The fact that it happened in Mackay in 2013 is a tragedy in which the town is still recovering."
Taxi driver Jaspreet Pandher, who saw two people fighting before he discovered Shandee's body, is now giving evidence.
10.30am: A DEFENCE barrister has made allegations that he and his instructing solicitor had been threatened by a witness, who will be called this week to give evidence in the Shandee Blackburn inquest.
Craig Eberhardt is representing John Peros, who was acquitted by a jury in 2017 of murdering the 23 year old.
This morning Mr Eberhardt told Coroner David O'Connell that William Daniel threatened him and his instructing solicitor last night as they were inspecting the location where Shandee was killed on February 9, 2013.
Mr Eberhardt said a car pulled up in front of them and a man yelled out, "Oi what are you doing back in Mackay? I'm going to get you."
He told the coroners court Mr Daniel then made a motion like a machine gun with his fingers.
"We recognised the voice," Mr Eberhardt said, adding he had cross examined Mr Daniel extensively.
Mr Daniel is due to give evidence on Thursday.
Mr Eberhardt has previously told the court Mr William was one of the most likely suspects in the murder of Shandee Blackburn.
He said Mr Daniel had been held in contempt of court for threatening Mr Peros during the committal hearing.
Mr Daniel has previously denied having any involvement.
Mr Eberhardt requested that a police officer be present in court when Mr Daniel gave evidence.
Mr O'Connell took the barrister's words on board.
The inquest continues. The first witness expected to be called is Shandee's boyfriend Aaron Macklin.
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9am: AN INQUEST into the murder of Shandee Blackburn will begin this morning.
Shandee was a young, beautiful girl walking home from work - but she never made it.
The 23 year old was stabbed to death on Boddington St in the early hours of February 9, 2013.
For six and a half year her family have waited for the truth to be revealed.
More than 50 witnesses will be called during the course of the inquest.
Among the first witnesses called will be those who were the last to see Shandee.
The inquest, held by Coroner David O'Connell, will examine a number of issues including identifying the unsafe areas around Mackay.
It will examine when, where, how and why Shandee was killed- this information is a requirement for all coronial inquests.
The probe will also investigate whether electronic surveillance of high-risk areas should be increased and if employers operating late-night venues should provide transport for late-shift employees without access to secure transport.
More to come.