Accused murderer's DNA found on woman's throat, court hears

Renee Todd.
Renee Todd. Contributed

AN ACCUSED strangler's DNA was found on his alleged victim's throat, a court has heard.

Glen Brian Duggan, 39, has pleaded not guilty to murdering former Tannum Sands woman Renee Peta Todd in a Kingaroy townhouse in April 2013.

The Brisbane Supreme Court was shown photos of Ms Todd's body lying on the floor of her unit.

Near her body was a liquor bottle with her fingerprints on it, and a number of cider bottles which the court heard had Mr Duggan's fingerprints on them.

On the tiled floor near Ms Todd's body police found a footprint which was matched, in the same way as fingerprints, to Mr Duggan.

DNA expert Angela Adamson told the court she tested samples from Ms Todd's hair, under her fingernails and neck.

She said the neck sample had two DNA sources - one matching Ms Todd and the other extremely likely to be Mr Duggan's.


She said the other areas were inconclusive or did not match Mr Duggan.

Defence lawyer Callum Cassidy pointed out other evidence - such as clothes Mr Duggan was wearing on the night - was not tested for DNA.

The court on Monday heard Mr Duggan confessed to his housemate and police on the day of the alleged offence.

He told police he "just lost it" before he "put (his) hands around her throat".

But Crown prosecutor David Meredith said the "conclusive" signs of strangulation were not present.

The trial continues.

Topics:  kingaroy murder

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