Man accused of stabbing murder of pregnant girlfriend

THE trial of a man accused of stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death has begun in Bundaberg Supreme Court.

Craig Andrew Holzberger, 39, has pleaded not guilty to the March 2011 murder of 24-year-old Tenille Hass but pleaded guilty to another charge of destroying the life of her unborn child.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said throughout the trial, the jury would hear from about 26 witnesses including police officers and medical professionals, and family members of both Holzberger and his alleged victim.

Mr Cummings said at the time of her death, Tenille was pregnant to a man named Christopher Green who she had slept with while Holzberger, her partner of nine years, was away.

"That relationship (with Green) ended when Mr Holzberger returned," Mr Cummings said.

"Their relationship had been for some nine years and prior to him going away, they had made efforts to have a child unsuccessfully.

"When he returned, she was pregnant to Mr Green."

Despite the infidelity, Hass and Holzberger stayed together and on March 20, 2011, the pair went to Green's home to drink.

Mr Cummings said the crown alleged Hass and Holzberger got into an argument after she and Green spoke about how he would be involved in the child's life and when she walked out of the house, Holzberger picked up a knife from the kitchen and followed her, placing it down the back of his pants.

Mr Cummings said during the trial, Green would give evidence that as he got up to close a door, he saw Holzberger make three rapid movements towards the pregnant woman, consistant with three stab wounds she was later found with on her chest and shoulder.

"The attack was so sudden and rapid," Mr Cummings said.

"So sudden and so rapid that Tenille had no opportunity to defend herself.

"No opportunity to even raise her hand."

Mr Cummings said the jury would hear evidence from paramedics, who, when they arrived, found Tenille dead in the shower.

During his plea, Holzberger indicated that he was guilty of manslaughter rather than the more serious charge of murder.

Mr Cummings said the trial was expected to run into next week.

The trial continues before Justice Duncan McMeekin.

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