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Murder trial: mother gives testimony

The mother a teenager who died after being struck with a baseball bat wiped tears from her eyes as she described how she rushed her only child to hospital.

Chandra Mungal told jurors that her son, Shijuan, had blood on his shirt and running down from his ear when she picked him up from the bus terminal.

She took the stand yesterday morning in the trial of Kiahna Trott-Edwards who is accused of murdering her son.

Prosecutors say Ms Trott-Edwards, 32, struck Mr Mungal, 16, twice with a baseball bat fracturing his skull after a confrontation on a bus in which she rebuked him for bad language.

Yesterday Ms Mungal told the Supreme Court that her son had taken the bus to school on September 8, last year and later met up with his friend Ja-Ja DeSilva.

“He was supposed to meet with his friend Ja-Ja after school and they were going to catch the bus,” said Ms Mungal.

“They had made plans because it was Ja-Ja’s birthday.”

Ms Mungal told the court that she was then contacted at around 5.45pm the same day and told to come straight to the bus terminal to pick up her son.

“I had to rush down and go pick him up,” she said. “I was at home so Ja-Ja’s mother took me into town.

“I did not see him at the top of the bus terminal so I got out and walked down to the middle.

“I saw him and Ja-Ja. Ja-Ja was holding him. He had him in his arms. Shijuan was kind of dazed. He has his head leaning towards Ja-Ja’s shoulders.

“He had blood on his shirt coming down from his ear. It was not a lot of blood, it was just dried up blood on this side of his face.

“I was asking him what had happened.”

Ms Mungal described to the court how her son was “not acting normal” when he was seen by doctors at the hospital.

She said: “He was getting really frustrated because they were asking him all these questions.

“On the way to the hospital he kept on complaining about the pain.

“In the waiting area he was mad at me because there were two police officers and I wanted to speak with them. He did not want to speak to anyone, he just wanted to sort his head out.

“He was not acting normal. He was cursing and he was being very hostile. He was saying ‘hurry up’ and ‘what is taking so long’.”

Mr Mungal succumbed to his injuries three days later and died on September 11.

Under cross-examination from Ms Trott-Edward’s lawyer Courtenay Griffiths QC Ms Mungal admitted that she was interviewed by police on June 22, 2015, about “issues” involving her son at school.

Asked if her son had ever hit her she said: “No, my son has never hit me.”

Ms Trott-Edwards of Warwick denies murder.

The trial continues.

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