‘Only two ways’ to explain cheerleader’s fatal fall
THERE are only two possibilities to explain what happened the night a Gold Coast cheerleader was allegedly murdered by her cruise ship crooner boyfriend, a court has been told.
Jayden Moorea, formerly Dan Shearin, is accused of throwing girlfriend Breeana Robinson off a Southport balcony in January 2013.
Defence barrister Angus Edwards, instructed by Hannay Lawyers, told the Southport Magistrates Court this morning there were only two possibilities about what happened that night.
"One is that Ms Robinson threw herself of jumped or committed suicide and the other is my client threw her," he said.
"There is no one else in the apartment, there is no alternative."
Mr Edwards also told the court the key biomechanical expert whose report led to Moorea being charged would also never give evidence.
He said since writing his report Dr John Olsen had been diagnosed with a serious medical condition which meant he would never be in a position to give evidence.
Dr Olsen produced a report for the coroner which determined it was highly probable Ms Robinson was thrown off the balcony, the court was told.
Mr Edwards said it was that report which lead to Moorea being charged.
"His opinion, biomechanically speaking, was that my client threw the deceased off the balcony rather than she jumped or she fell," he said.
The court was told a second biomechanical expert had also provided a report.
Mr Edwards said where the position Ms Robinson was found and how she fell was "pivotal".
"Two people saw her falling face up, one person saw her falling like a pencil," he said.
The court was told some witnesses said she was found face up and others said she was found face down.
Mr Edwards also said the Crown was going to provide evidence that Ms Robinson was not depressed but a "bubbly" person.
He said he got the impression Ms Robinson was a "solitary person".
Mr Edwards said it was in question whether Moorea's relationship with Ms Robinson was abusive.
The court was told some witnesses gave evidence Moorea was detached on the night of Ms Robinson's death.
Mr Edwards said Triple 0 calls showed a different picture.
Mr Edwards has applied to cross-examine 72 witnesses at a committal hearing next year.
The proceedings today will determine if he can ask those witnesses, including cheerleaders, friends, family, those at the scene and emergency services, questions at a committal hearing.
The directions hearing continues.