Sisters Shannah and Shandee Blackburn.

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Sisters Shannah and Shandee Blackburn. Photo Contributed Contributed

Day 8: Man alleges 'standover men' bashed people for money

UPDATE: AN ARREST warrant has been issued for a woman who ignored a coronial summons to give evidence in the Shandee Blackburn inquest.

Mackay Coroners Court heard Melita Kissier was given an affidavit of service on June 13 this year that she would be required to testify in the inquest into Shandee's death.

Ms Kissier was listed to appear on Tuesday but failed to show up for court.

She also failed to come to court yesterday or today.

The inquest so far: 

Counsel Assisting the Coroner John Aberdeen requested a warrant be issued for her arrest.

Coroner David O'Connell made the order for Ms Kissier to be arrested and brought to the courthouse where she will be held "to cool her heels" until required to give evidence later today.

The inquest heard another witness Jasmine Boah was allegedly evading police because she was wanted on other matters. No arrest warrant has been issued.

Up to three more witnesses are expected to give evidence today.

The inquest continues.

Man alleges 'standover men' bashed people for money

UPDATE 3PM: A WITNESS said he was "a bit worried about giving evidence" during an inquest into Shandee Blackburn's death.

Jaffa Ahwang, who gave evidence over the phone today in a coroner inquest into Shandee's death, had been managing an indigenous hostel on Boddington St at the time the 23 year old was killed.

LISTEN: Witness recalls night of murder in police recording

He was specifically questioned about two men, Willian Daniel and Normam Dorante, who have been heavily mentioned throughout the inquest, and said he was a "bit touchy" about commenting.

"These guys aren't exactly nice boys," he said.

"I have to live in the community."

Mr Daniel and Mr Dorante have never been charged over Shandee's death and deny any involvement.

Barrister Craig Eberhardt, representing John Peros who was acquitted in 2017 of Shandee's murder, asked if the pair had been well known as "standover men".

Mr Ahwang agreed and said the pair had been well known as "standover men".

Mr Ahwang told the court he had heard through the hostel they allegedly used to bash people for money.

"William used to drive past in the car and hang a machete out the window and point it at people," Mr Ahwang told the inquest.

Both Mr Daniel and Mr Dorante have already given evidence during the inquest where they maintained they did not have any involvement in Shandee's death.

The inquest continues.

Tributes at the site where Shandee Blackburn was murdered on Boddington Street.

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Tributes at the site where Shandee Blackburn was murdered on Boddington Street. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury Peter Holt

Did this man see Shandee's handbag?

INITIAL:  A FORMER garbage collector believes he saw the handbag Shandee Blackburn had been carrying the night she was killed on top of a pile of rubbish near a pair of new work boots.

Jamie Lewis told Mackay Coroners Court he could not remember what streets he had already collected bins from when he saw the two items.

Shandee was carrying a white handbag with a skull detail on the side when she left Harrup Park Country Club just before midnight on February 8, 2013 to walk home after finishing a shift.

The 23 year old was stabbed to death when she reached Boddington St about 12.15am.

Witnesses who were the first by her side as she was lying facedown in the gutter have testified they did not see a handbag nearby.

The only witness who saw something the night Shandee died, taxi driver Jaspreet Pandher, last week told a coronial inquest he had briefly seen a man and woman struggling over a handbag on Boddington St and minutes later a man running while grasping what looked like a bag in front of him.

Shandee's handbag has never been found.

 

Hand bag similar to Shandee Blackburns.

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Hand bag similar to Shandee Blackburns. Photo contributed

Mr Lewis told the court he called Triple-0 after reading about Shandee's missing bag in a newspaper report.

He said he told the responder "I've got a good feeling that I've seen a bag very similar to that ... in the last couple of days".

"The only reason I noticed the skull so much is because my wife has a similar necklace," he said.

Mr Lewis told the court he could collect up to 550 bins in a run with up to five load per day emptied at the dump.

He told the court he had seen the bag "early on in the run".

He said he was always surprised about what people threw away and his attention had been drawn to a pair of new work boots and not far away was the handbag.

Mr Lewis said he had no way of knowing if the items had been disposed of together and he did not notice any staining on the boots.