Boy scarred before death: Witnesses
A THREE-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his father had cuts on his forehead and extensive scarring on his back in the years leading up to his death.
Kenyan refugee Quincy Timberlake is accused of killing his son Sinclair while the family were living in Brisbane in 2014.
The former Kenyan presidential candidate appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday for the first day of his committal hearing.
Christina Carroll gave evidence she befriended Timberlake's wife Esther, a TV presenter and lawyer, before he arrived in Australia.
Ms Carroll told the court she noticed "straight line cuts" on Sinclair's forehead a day or two after the family returned from visiting Timberlake in Singapore.
"To me it looked like he'd been cut with a razor or a knife," she said.
"It was discoloured like it'd been healed."
When she asked Esther what happened, Ms Carroll said she was told he had fallen down the stairs.
But Ms Carroll said her 25 years' experience as a medical secretary led her to believe the wounds had been inflicted.
The witness told the court Esther appeared "bewitched" when she returned home and made comments about zombies invading the world and eating people.
"She talked about voodoo and other occult stuff, it was crazy," she said, adding she was told the information had come from Timberlake.
Gertrude Marutawana said she observed "quite a number" of crisscross scars on Sinclair's back during a visit to the Timberlake home.
Ms Marutawana said Esther told her she had been accused of being a witch in Kenya and as punishment they had beaten her son.
The court also heard from Deborah Stanley, who claimed Timberlake verbally abused her over the phone before he arrived in Australia after she started teaching Esther about the Bible.
Ms Stanley said he was acting like a crazy and unhinged person.
"He was swearing at me, yelling at me, calling me names and telling me that I was trying to turn his wife against him," she said
"He said Esther was under his control and she would do whatever he would say."
Several witnesses also gave evidence there had been concerns about Timberlake's mental health following his arrival in Australia.
Collette Barry said Esther came to her church in July of 2014 where she said her husband was in "mental health because he's not well, he's hurt Sinclair".
The committal hearing is expected to run until Tuesday.