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Driver told teen to get help, court hears

The trial of a woman accused of killing a teenager with a baseball bat continued yesterday, with the court hearing how a bus driver urged the victim to go to the hospital.

Kiahna Trott-Edwards, 32, has been charged with murder over the death of 16-year-old Shijuan Mungal, who suffered severe head trauma on September 8 last year during an altercation outside the accused's Ord Road home.

He died from his injuries three days later. Ms Edwards maintains her innocence.

The court previously heard that she and Mr Mungal had been arguing on a bus.

One passenger told the court that he was shocked to hear the teenager curse the accused, telling her to “shut the f*** up, turn around and sit down” after she had told him to watch his language.

Another passenger testified that Ms Trott-Edwards had aggressively told Mr Mungal that she would beat him like she was his mother.

Ms Trott-Edwards got off the bus at the stop before her home, while Mr Mungal got off at the next stop. Both ended up at the same apartment complex where Ms Trott-Edwards lived.

The Crown alleges that during a subsequent altercation, Ms Trott-Edwards struck Mr Mungal twice with a wooden baseball bat.

As the trial continued yesterday, bus operator Gwyne Smith told the jury that he remembered Mr Mungal and another young man, Ja-Ja DeSilva, getting on a bus heading back towards Hamilton.

During the ride he became concerned about Mr Mungal's wellbeing. When the bus reached the stop outside King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, he urged him to get off.

“I asked him if he was all right. I told him he should go to the hospital to get checked out,” Mr Smith said. “He said he was fine.”

Mr Smith continued towards Hamilton, but became concerned again when the bus broke down near the Flagpole on Front Street.

He told the court he called Mr Mungal's mother and sent a Facebook message to Ms Trott-Edwards, urging her to call him. When she did, he told her that Mr Mungal appeared to be seriously injured, telling her to contact the Police.

“I told her that she should call the Police to give her account if she was the person that had been involved in the altercation,” he said.

The court also heard from Ja-Ja Williams, Mr DeSilva's father and a neighbour of Ms Trott-Edwards. He testified that the day of the incident was his son's birthday, and he had expected Mr DeSilva to visit him that afternoon to pick up some birthday money.

Mr Williams told the jury that while his son did stop by, he did not see Mr Mungal or know anything about the incident until the next day.

He described Mr Mungal as being like a brother to his son, and that while he could be loud and rowdy, he was no louder than anyone else.

Mr Williams said he had known Ms Trott-Edwards for about 20 years and had seen her on a regular basis since she moved into the complex.

He described her as a nice, caring individual and said he had never seen act out in anger towards anyone.

The trial continues.

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Published August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 20, 2015 at 1:17 am)

Driver told teen to get help, court hears

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