Accused claims he didn't mean to strangle woman

Renee Todd.
Renee Todd. Contributed

ACCUSED strangler Glen Brian Duggan claims he did not intend to kill former Tannum Sands woman Renee Todd when he grabbed her by the throat.

Defence lawyer Callum Cassidy told Brisbane Supreme Court Mr Duggan did not mean to kill Ms Todd when he went to visit her in her Kingaroy unit in April 2013.

Mr Cassidy suggested the jury consider manslaughter.

Mr Duggan has pleaded not guilty to Ms Todd's murder.

In the trial's final day of evidence, pathologist Dr Philip Storey said he had been unable to determine the exact cause of Ms Todd's death.

Dr Storey said Mr Duggan and Ms Todd were severely drunk - a state which he said may have left Ms Todd unable to defend herself and meant less force would have been needed to kill her.

In his closing statement, Mr Cassidy said Mr Duggan did not deny visiting Ms Todd on the night, or grabbing her by the neck. But he denied attacking her with the intent to kill her.

"You can try and scare someone. You can try and hurt someone," he said.

"That doesn't make him a murderer. It might make him a manslaughterer, depending on the circumstances."

Crown prosecutor David Meredith said Mr Duggan's intent to murder had been shown in statements to police where he talked about wanting revenge for threats Ms Todd made to him about 18 months earlier.

Justice Ann Lyons will sum up the case tomorrow before the jury considers its verdict.

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