Police investigate the crime scene where a sex worker was allegedly murdered in Gladstone.
Police investigate the crime scene where a sex worker was allegedly murdered in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Man washed blood off hands at marina after prostitute died

ONE of the first things James William Glenn could recall after allegedly murdering a 52-year-old prostitute at a Gladstone motel was washing blood from his hands at the local marina.

Glenn, 20, is on trial in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton this week, after pleading guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to the murder of Shuxia Yuan.

Yuan died after her throat was cut with a fishing knife on December 5, 2010.

A police interview with Glenn, recorded the day following Yuan's death, was played in court on Tuesday.

During the interview, Glenn said he phoned Yuan after he saw her escort advertisement in a newspaper.

The court heard Glenn then rode his motorcycle to the motel to meet her.

"I can't remember what I did, I just know I did it," Glenn told police in 2010.

"I had no idea who she was. I can't remember what she looked like. She was small, that's it."

In the interview, Glenn said the next thing he remembered was running out the door of the motel and seeing "blood everywhere".

The court heard Glenn went to Spinnaker Park at the Gladstone Marina, where he sat for "multiple hours".

He told police he put his "blood-stained" hoodie in a bin at the park and threw the sheath of a fishing knife on the ground because they "reminded me of what I'd done".

The court heard Glenn also washed blood from his hands at a sink at the marina.

When asked by police why he killed the woman, Glenn said he had no idea.

"I was trying to work that out," he said. "That's why I was sitting by myself (at the marina) for so long."

Glenn told police he couldn't remember much because he had "blocked it out" of his mind.

A letter confessing to stabbing the woman, found on Glenn's laptop, was tendered as evidence.

The court heard Glenn was employed full-time as a web design and development trainee for Gladstone Regional Council at the time of the alleged murder.

The trial is expected to conclude today.