& # 39; A horror movie scream & # 39 ;: workers at the court where the woman was stabbed to death & # 39; by her ex-husband & # 39; describe their struggle to keep her alive – and how he & # 39; quietly sat on the floor after the attack & # 39;
- Paul Gary Turner is charged with murder for stabbing Sarah Thomas
- She died after being beaten five times at the Joondalup Justice Complex in WA
- The former couple was at the court in December 2016 for a mediation session
- Employees described the chaos in the moments after Mrs. Thomas was stabbed
Workers at a court in Perth, where a woman was mortally stabbed during a mediation session with her ex-partner, have described the horrific scene, some of which were crying while testifying during his trial.
Paul Gary Turner, 43, was charged with murder after allegedly stabbing Sarah Marie Thomas five times, including three in her neck, at the Joondalup Justice Complex in December 2016.
The 33-year-old also suffered a slash over her left index finger, which a forensic pathologist described as a typical defensive wound.
Paul Gary Turner, 43, (center) is accused of stabbing Sarah Marie Thomas five times, including three in her neck, at the Joondalup Justice Complex in December 2016.
Administrative assistant Crystal Sudholz told WA Supreme Court on Tuesday that she heard muffled screams and then a & # 39; horror movie scream & # 39 ;.
She said that when she saw a registrar running out of a meeting room, she screamed for safety and an ambulance.
Turner walked out of the room, slipped against a wall on the floor, put his hands on his lap, and stared into nothing, Sudholz said.
& # 39; There was so much panic, & # 39; she said.
Customer service representative Jennifer Daniels said the registrar was desperate while Turner & # 39; was very quiet and & # 39 ;.
Two guards ran into the room and found Mrs. Thomas on all fours, with blood flowing from her wounds, mouth and nose.
The couple was in a mediation session in a small room with a registrar and tried to resolve Turner's claim. Thomas owed him money. Mrs. Thomas (left) had custody of their two children about a week earlier
They pressed their hands to her neck in an attempt to stop the bleeding.
& # 39; I kept saying she shouldn't close her eyes and stay with me, & # 39; one of the guards said, crying.
Both said the estimated six minutes it took for paramedics to feel like an eternity.
The court heard earlier that Mrs. Thomas had custody of two children she had had with Turner about a week before the mediation session, which was about his claim that she owed him money.
Just before the attack, she refused to make an offer.
Prosecutor James Mactaggart claims that Turner had hidden the knife for him.
Lawyer Lisa Boston did not provide an opening address when the trial opened last week.
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