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Witness saw rugby scrum

More witnesses took to the stand during the second day of committal hearing for accused murderer Stephen Doyle.
More witnesses took to the stand during the second day of committal hearing for accused murderer Stephen Doyle. Chris Chan

MORE witnesses took to the stand at the Kingaroy Magistrates Court this morning for the second day of Stephen Doyle's committal hearing.

Doyle has been accused of the stabbing murder of 37-year-old Laidley man Michael Thomsen on September 3 last year. Doyle appeared via video link from his cell at the Maryborough Correctional Facility today.

The incident occurred during Mr Thomsen's daughter Bianca's engagement party at a Nanango address.

Doyle had been invited to his neighbour's engagement party before an altercation occurred between Doyle and his friends and Mr Thomsen and his three sons.

Witness Denis Perrett told the court Doyle had been making rude jokes about the engaged couple's sexuality and he had been asked to leave the party.

"Bianca and an older lady came out of the house and said (Doyle) was making rude jokes because they (Bianca and Deonie Sims) are homosexual," Mr Perrett said.

"Then Mick (Mr Thomsen) and his stepson Matthew (Halloran) went under the house and they got very loud.

"(Doyle) was mouthing off and was no longer welcome.

"The next thing I saw was they had moved to the fence line and there was a kind of rugby scrum going on."

Mr Perrett said he didn't see Doyle stab Mr Thomsen but said he heard people yelling "someone has been stabbed".

"I didn't see that it was Mick at the time," he said.

More witnesses will give evidence when the hearing resumes on January 15 next year.

South Burnett

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