Police investigate the crime scene where a sex worker was allegedly murdered in Gladstone in 2010.
Police investigate the crime scene where a sex worker was allegedly murdered in Gladstone in 2010. Brenda Strong

Witnesses ‘saw sex worker’s cut throat’ at Gladstone motel

IN THE hours after allegedly murdering a 52-year-old sex worker in a Gladstone hotel, James William Glenn went to the movies to watch Harry Potter, a Rockhampton court heard on Monday.

The murder trial of Glenn, of Gladstone, got under way two years after he allegedly stabbed a sex worker.

Glenn, 20, was charged with the murder of Shuxia Yuan, 52, after it was alleged he slit her throat and stabbed her in the chest at a Gladstone motel in December 2010.

Glenn has pleaded not guilty to murder.

In his opening statement, Crown prosecutor Michael Cowan told the Supreme Court at Rockhampton two witnesses heard noises coming from a neighbouring room at the motel and decided to investigate further.

Mr Cowan said when they looked into the motel room they saw Glenn towering over Ms Yuan "and killing her".

He said Ms Yuan managed to crawl to the front door of the room.

When the woman reached the door she opened it and the witnesses saw her throat had been cut, the court heard.

"Major blood vessels were severed," Mr Cowan said.

"Her hands and arms were sliced and there was a major cut along her hamstring."

Mr Cowan said the witnesses took Ms Yuan to the car park in an effort to rush her to hospital but she collapsed and died. The court heard Ms Yuan died of major blood loss.

Earlier that day, Glenn bought a bait knife, the weapon allegedly used in the violent attack.

The court heard Glenn organised the killing after he flicked through the classifieds section of a local newspaper and found an advertisement calling readers to make appointments with sex workers.

Mr Cowan told the court it was not known why Glenn specifically targeted Ms Yuan.

After he stabbed Ms Yuan, he fled the scene through a back door of the hotel room.

He then rode his motorbike to the marina in Gladstone where he changed his clothes.

The court heard he rode to a cinema, where he met a friend, and watched a Harry Potter movie.

That night police officers arrived at Glenn's home where the 20-year-old made a full confession to the killing.

The prosecution questioned two witnesses on Monday, who were not the same ones at the hotel on the night of the alleged murder.

The trial continues on Tuesday.