Defence calls two witnesses

The defence will call witnesses at the Clayton Weatherston depositions hearing this afternoon.

The statements and evidence of the last eight of 17 Crown witnesses including video footage of Weatherston's police interview, were suppressed at the request of the defence before lunch.

Judith Ablett-Kerr QC told the court she would call two witnesses this afternoon.

Earlier a workmate of Miss Elliott's and the first policeman to enter Sophie Elliott's bedroom after she was stabbed to death, gave evidence.

Their evidence was heard on the fourth day of depositions hearing for Weatherston (32), who is accused of stabbing and cutting Miss Elliott (22) more than 200 times, killing her at her Ravensbourne home in January.

Details of what Constable John Cunningham saw inside Miss Elliott's bedroom and his ensuing discussion with Weatherston were suppressed at the request of Weatherston's lawyer, Judith Ablett-Kerr.

However, earlier in the week Crown lawyer Robin Bates said in his summary of evidence to be presented during the hearing that Const Cunningham would give evidence that when he entered the bedroom he asked Weatherston what he had done and he said ``I've killed her'' in a calm, normal tone.

Const Cunningham then asked Weatherston why, and he said ``Because of the emotional pain she has caused me over the past year.''

Const Cunningham said he had knocked on Miss Elliott's bedroom door when he arrived, but it was locked, Weatherston opened it a few seconds later.

He handcuffed Weatherston and took him out of the bedroom, where two other officers escorted him outside the house. Const Cunningham then drove Weatherston and a detective to the Dunedin central police station to be interviewed.

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