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Witness recalls trauma of shared murder video

A woman told the Supreme Court yesterday how she received videos of her close friend being stabbed to death behind a petrol station only hours after the incident occurred.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said that she was waiting for Joshua Rowse, 22, and several of his friends to come to her house on June 14, 2020.

She said that her phone was out of battery at the time but when it was fully charged, she encountered videos of Mr Rowse being chased around the Rubis South Shore petrol station and stabbed.

The witness told the court: “People were messaging me and I’d been sent the video, like, ten times.”

She added that, despite the trauma the incident caused her, she thought it necessary to take the stand.

She said: “None of his friends who were there wanted to come forward, so I thought it was important to speak.”

The woman said that she believed Davin Dill, 24, was involved in the attack and that her suspicions were confirmed during a police interview when she reviewed CCTV footage of the incident.

Mr Dill has denied charges that he murdered Mr Rowse and that he was in possession of a knife in a public place during an incident outside the Rubis South Shore petrol station on June 14, 2020.

The woman said that she had a close relationship with Mr Rowse and that she had known Mr Dill for about ten years.

She said there was “tension” between the two that made her suspicious of Mr Dill after the stabbing.

She said that she decided to go to the police in 2021 after talking to Mr Rowse’s mother about the incident and was able to pick Mr Dill out of a police line-up.

She added that, when shown CCTV footage of the incident, she recognised the assailant as Mr Dill because they had the same build and similar tattoos.

But Charles Richardson, for the defence, cast doubt on the certainty of her observation.

He suggested that the “athletic panther” in the video did not match her initial description of Mr Dill as being “tall and skinny”.

Mr Richardson added that his client did not have tattoos on his shoulder, but instead only on his arms.

He also suggested the “choppy” quality of the stabbing video made it difficult to see if the assailant ran like his client.

He instead suggested to the woman that police put the idea in her that Mr Dill was the one who killed Mr Rowse, and that she stuck with the suggestion.

But she insisted that she had seen Mr Dill enough times to know the man in the footage was him and that the footage was not too choppy to be hard to follow.

She told Mr Richardson that because the assailant in the video was moving, his muscles would be tensed and look larger than average.

She added that she classified upper-arm tattoos as being close enough to shoulder tattoos.

The trial continues.

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