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WA murder trial witness threatens accused

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016

The friend of a mother-of-two killed in a shooting in West Perth was ordered to finish giving evidence at a trial via video link after he made a threatening shotgun gesture to the accused and called him a dog.

Daryl Douglas Dodd told the Supreme Court of WA on Thursday he and victim Leah Anne Appleton had twice visited a drug associate's Mayfair Street apartment on August 2 last year before they visited a third time and she was killed by her ex-partner Darren Kale Walters.

After describing his discomfort at seeing the weapon at the unit on his first visit, Mr Dodd made the threatening gesture in Walters' direction and was ordered to finish giving his testimony from a remote room.

From there, he described being apprehensive about returning to the unit so Ms Appleton could sell some methylamphetamine.

"I could already feel that something was up," Mr Dodd said.

He claimed to have heard thumping noises coming from the unit and Alex Thompson - who Walters believed was having an affair with Ms Appleton - shouting "no Darren, no" on the second visit.

"I told her 'let's get the f*** out of here. Darren's up there. He's bashing Alex," Mr Dodd said.

After they left, Mr Thompson phoned Ms Appleton and asked her to come back, saying he had cash for more drugs.

As she took items out of the boot of her vehicle on the third visit, Walters appeared in the car park and strode towards her holding the shotgun, Mr Dodd claimed.

"She looked up and said 'Darren, what the f***?'

"She said 'well, if you're going to f***ing do it, do it'.

"The gun went off, hit her in the chest, flicked half her face off."

After Walters pointed the gun at him, then tried to make him take it and ultimately asked for help, Mr Dodd replied: "What am I going to do? Put a band aid on it?"

Mr Dodd fled the scene and was himself arrested as a suspect a few hours later.

Mr Thompson told the court he also ran after witnessing the shooting and seeing the shocked expression on Walters' face.

"He realised what he'd done," Mr Thompson said.

"I looked at him and I just turned around and ran."

Walters who is charged with murder has admitted shooting Ms Appleton but claims he didn't know the gun was loaded.

The trial continues.

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