Queensland Mum Said 'No' After Being Shot In The Head
Barely recognisable after being stabbed, bashed and stomped on, Tia Landers pleaded with her attackers to stop even after being shot in the head.
She said "No, no, she didn't want a second" shot, a witness has told a Brisbane Supreme Court murder trial on Wednesday.
The jury heard a graphic recounting of the alleged attack on Ms Landers at the Brighton home of de facto couple Linda Eileen Appleton and John Edward Harris on June 16, 2014.
Both have pleaded not guilty to murdering the mother of four but guilty to interfering with her corpse.
They have also pleaded guilty to depriving two men, Ryan Morgan and Jake McKenzie, of their liberty.
Giving evidence on the third day of the trial, Mr McKenzie said Ms Landers had endured hours of violence when she survived the first bullet to the head and even managed to speak.
Photo: Jake McKenzie
"She was still alive enough to say no, no she didn't want a second one," he said.
Harris then fired another bullet before Appleton put a plastic shopping bag over the dying woman's head, the court heard.
It came after she was so brutally bashed she was rendered almost unrecognisable and had no teeth left from having her head stomped on repeatedly, Mr McKenzie said.
"Her head was double the size from swelling," he said.
Mr McKenzie said he and Ms Landers had initially been let into the couple's Brighton house, which had Nazi paraphernalia hung on the walls.
But when he returned to the house after heading back to her car, he heard a sound like a body being crash-tackled and saw Appleton brandishing a machete.
"She was just stab happy," he said, describing the accused woman as "hungry" to use the weapon.
While the mood had been calm before, Mr McKenzie said he was then taped up by Appleton as Ms Landers was choked by Harris, who was also wielding a large knife.
He told the court the confrontation escalated further when Appleton struck Ms Landers with her blade and left a "very big wound" as she struggled with Mr Harris.
"It had gone from a fight to serious now," Mr McKenzie recalled.
He told the court Harris was the "doctor" of the night and said Ms Landers should be put in the shower to thicken her blood and stop her bleeding out.
Mr McKenzie said Ms Landers had then grabbed a decorative blade wall ornament and made a desperate dash for the door.
But Harris and Appleton rushed to stop her, before Mr McKenzie heard the sound of someone being bashed coming from behind him.
The trial before Justice Jean Dalton continues.
AAP; Photos: AAP