Sydney crime figure Pasquale Barbaro shot dead, Joe Antoun’s death caught on video

Featured


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Nine people have been charged following the bloody execution of crime figure Pasquale Barbaro, after a series of police raids in Sydney.

Tuesday’s co-ordinated sting unfolded just after midday when heavily armed officers raided more than a dozen properties including four at Sydney’s Olympic Park.

A total of 13 search warrants were executed and nine men aged from 18-29 were charged.

“All those charged with substantive murder were charged in relation to Pasquale Barbaro,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.


Barbaro was left for dead on a Sydney pavement. Image: Instagram

Nine people have now been charged over the 35-year-old’s death. Image: 7 News

Photo: NSW Police

Barbaro, 35, was shot dead on an Earlwood footpath two weeks ago.

Four of the nine men are facing murder charges and will appear in Sydney courts on Wednesday.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione launched Strike Force Osprey less than two weeks ago after a spate of bloody executions of notorious crime figures on Sydney’s streets.

“There is no end game. We will continue to target these individuals through methodical investigations and disruption strategies. There will be ongoing arrests. We will be protecting the State of NSW. We will be not tolerating any individual who has a total disregard for the community of this state and its laws,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Frank Mennilli said on Wednesday.

The other five men are facing criminal group charges and have court dates for December and January.


Photo: NSW Police

Photo: NSW Police

Photo: NSW Police

Officers from Strike Force Osprey worked with officers from Strike Force Raptor, which was set up in November last year investigating the activities of the Burwood Chapter of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Both forces were involved in Tuesday’s raids.

During the raid more than 40 mobile phones, 11 cars, a safe, cash, stolen NSW Police ID was seized and will now be examined by specialist forensic accountants from the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad.

Police from Strike Force Raptor also seized 20 long arms, 23 hand guns, 15 prohibited weapons, including ballistic vests and masks, silencers, a stun gun, and a homemade pipe gun; ammunition, methylamphetamine, and ecstasy, police said on Wednesday.

With eight shooting deaths over the past 17 months in Sydney, police have vowed to stamp out gangland warfare.

Just weeks before Mafia figure Barbaro was shot in Earlwood as he was getting into his Mercedes on November 14, hitman Hamad Assaad, 29, was shot in Georges Hall on October 25.


Pasquale Barbaro pictured with Brothers for Life leader Farhad Qaumi. Source: 7 News

The shooting scene. Source: 7 News

In April, gangland kingpin and convicted killer Walid Ahmad, 40, was killed in a spray of bullets on the rooftop car park of Bankstown Central shopping centre.

His murder is believed to be in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Safwan Charbaji outside a Condell Park panel beater several weeks earlier.

The month before that Michael Davey was shot dead in a driveway in a drive-by shooting in Kingswood. Believed to be a member of the Rebels motorcycle gang, Davey had escaped injury during a shooting at a shopping centre the previous year.

Police hunt for gangland killer

Police forensice teams establish a crime scene after Pasquale Barbar (inset) was killed. Picture: Bill Hearne.

Police forensics teams establish a crime scene after Pasquale Barbar (inset) was killed. Picture: Bill Hearne.

Police from the NSW Public Order and Riot squad arrive at the scene this morning. Picture: AAP

Police from the NSW Public Order and Riot squad arrive at the scene this morning. Picture: AAP

The crime scene in Earlwood. Picture: Bill Hearne.

The crime scene in Earlwood. Picture: Bill Hearne.

Pasquale Barbaro.

Pasquale Barbaro.


Who was Pasquale Barbaro?

Updated about 7 hours ago

Pasquale Timothy Barbaro was a notorious Sydney crime figure and part of a family with known links to the Calabrian mafia, from Italy.

The 35-year-old’s murder last night at Earlwood in Sydney’s inner west was one of several targeted shootings in Sydney this year.

The Barbaro family is well known to police and the criminal underworld.

His grandfather, who was also named Pasquale Barbaro, was murdered in a gangland hit in Brisbane in 1990 after turning police informant.

A cousin — another Pasquale Barbaro — was murdered in a hit in Melbourne in 2003 alongside notorious crime figure Jason Moran.

His uncle, yet another Pasquale Barbaro, is currently serving a 30-year sentence over a massive ecstasy bust — the world’s biggest — discovered in Melbourne in 2007.

Pasquale Timothy Barbaro — killed last night in Earlwood — survived a targeted shooting in Leichhardt in November last year.

Why was he targeted?

There are a number of theories.

Pasquale Timothy Barbaro was due to face the Sydney District Court in December over the production of the drug ice (crystal methamphetamine).

Crime journalist Keith Moor says there are suspicions Mr Barbaro may have been a police informant.

“The suspicion is he was probably killed for breaking the code of ‘omerta’ which is the code of silence,” Mr Moor said.

“The suggestion I’m getting is the dead Pasquale Barbaro was telling tales about the operations of the Calabrian mafia — as was his grandfather way back in the 1990’s.”

Equally, Mr Moor said the killing could be because of something unrelated to gang crime.

“He was involved in a number of criminal offences [including] drugs,” Mr Moor said.

“He’s obviously made some enemies [and there have been] attempts on his life in the past.

“It could boil down to something as simple as a domestic — there have been a number of Calabrian crime figures murdered because they’ve left their wives or slept with the wrong person,” he said.

One thing is clear according to NSW Police Superintendent David Johnson: Mr Barbaro was “clearly the intended victim” of last night’s Earlwood shooting.

Links to other shootings

There was a failed hit on Pasquale Timothy Barbaro‘s life in November last year.

Hamad Assaad, who was shot dead at his Georges Hall home just two weeks ago, was one of the major suspects in that attempted hit.

The Assaad shooting on October 25 has links to another targeted shooting in Bankstown in May.

Superintendent David Johnson said at a press conference today that police can’t comment on whether the murders are related.

“I can’t comment on the homicide investigations or strike forces as they are set up,” Mr Johnson said.

“I can’t say whether these matters are related because I don’t know the answer to that.”

The Calabrian Mafia in Australia

Crime journalist Keith Moor said the Barbaro family’s crime history stretches back decades in Australia.

“They’re going back way before the 1977 murder of Donald Mackay in Griffith,” Mr Moor said.

“The dead Barbaro from Sydney overnight… was literally born into the Calabrian mafia.

“It’s a trait that’s passed on from father to son,” he said.

Mr Moor said the Calabrian mafia is more active than people might realise in Australia.

“If anyone smoked a joint in the 60s, 70s, 80s — and lets face it a lot of people did — they were lining the pockets of the Calabrian mafia,” he said.

“They gradually got into the heroin trade… then they expanded to ecstasy.

“They basically recognised what the next big thing was in the drug market.”


Police found the man, 35-year-old Pasquale Barbaro, on an Earlwood footpath after being alerted to a shooting at about 9.40pm on Monday.

And a grey Audi Q7 found burned out in Sydney’s inner west could be the getaway car used in the execution-style shooting of a man linked to Sydney’s criminal underworld, say police.

Execution of standover man filmed

Meanwhile, the front door execution in 2013 of standover man Joe Antoun, a known associate of underworld figure George Alex, was captured on CCTV and played for a Sydney courtroom today – hours after Pasquale Barbaro was gunned down outside Alex’s home.

Mr Antoun was gunned down on the doorstep of his Strathfield home in Sydney’s inner west on December 16, 2013, in a contract killing allegedly arranged by Brothers 4 Life boss Farhad Quami and his brother Mumtaz.

Farhad, 34, and Mumtaz Quami, 31, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Antoun, who worked as a debt collector.

In their trial, CCTV footage was played showing a hooded figure waiting for several minutes before pulling out a handgun and firing several times.

The Daily Telegraph reported Crown Prosecutor Ken McKay SC told their NSW Supreme Court trial before a judge alone Antoun was at home with his wife when a camera showed a man at their front door.

“(Mr Antoun’s wife) went to a window and looked out and saw a person and called out to that person, asking who it was. The person she heard say, ‘It’s Adam. I’ve got a package for Joe’,” Mr McKay said.

“At about this time, Joseph Antoun opened the front door. There was a wire security door which was still closed. As he opened the door, Mr Antoun was shot a number of times and died in his house, it seems very quickly after being.”

The court heard, according to The Daily Telegraph, that before Antoun’s death his former business partner Elias “Les” Elias had agreed to purchase Mimtaz Qaumi’s Erina Kebab House for $190,000.

Mr Elias is in the Philippines, according to a police witness, and declined to provide a statement for the trial.

The confronting CCTV footage was shown hours after Barbaro’s execution this morning outside Mr Alex’s Earlwood home.

CCTV of Joe Antoun shot at his Strathfield home

Police investigation

NSW Police believe it could be linked to the killing of Mr Barbaro. “That vehicle has been towed for forensic examination,” Superintendent David Johnson told reporters.

Supt Johsonn said the victim, who had been visiting someone in the street, had been “shot a number of times”.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward so homicide investigators can piece together a chain of events that includes the Audi. Supt Johnson acknowledges some of the victim’s associates might not be keen to contact police.

“Given the sort of nefarious activities these people are engaged in, clearly it is in their best interests to come forward and speak to police,” he added. “These people [the shooters] are dangerous people.”

‘Targeted attack’

Early investigations suggest it was a targeted attack and Larkhall Street was cordoned off today as forensic teams examined the area.

Barbaro’s grandfather and cousin were both killed in gangland hits and there had been unconfirmed rumours Pasquale Barbaro was an informant for the NSW Crime Commission.

Pasquale Barbaro’s grandfather Peter Pasquale Barbaro and his coulsin Pat Barbaro

Pasquale Barbaro’s grandfather Peter Pasquale Barbaro and his cousin Pat Barbaro

Gabriela Pintos lives at the end of street and said she heard gunshots late at night.

“We heard the gunshots … another maybe four gunshots and a couple of minutes later there was someone screaming,” she told AAP.

Another resident told AAP he heard as a many as seven really loud bangs in two bursts and saw a car speed away.

“You knew straight away what it was … I looked out the front and saw a car speed off,” the man, who wanted to be identified as John, said. Witnesses also reported seeing a car with three or four men wearing hoodies parked nearby ahead of the shooting.

He ‘may have broken the mafia code’

Barbaro may have been gunned down in Sydney because he was talking to the authorities, according to a journalist who’s written a book on the Barbaro family.

Journalist Keith Moor says the latest Pasquale Barbaro to die might have been killed for the same reason his grandfather was – he may have been “telling tales outside of school and breaking the code”.

“There could be other motives but that is a line of inquiry the homicide squad in Sydney will be pursuing,” the author of Busted told ABC TV.

Moor believes Monday night’s shooting could be difficult to solve because traditionally the Calabrian mafia are reluctant to talk to authorities. “I’m presuming that none of the Barbaro family will be willing to help police,” he said.

“They’ll probably do their own investigation into what happened.” The journalist said the problem for police trying to crack down on the Barbaros was that, as soon as one was knocked down, another seemed to pop up. “That’s been going on for generations,” he said.

Asaad shooting

The death comes two weeks after another crime figure, Hamad Assaad, was shot dead outside his Georges Hall home.

Mr Assaad was a key suspect in the execution of standover man Walid Ahmad at a Bankstown shopping centre in April.

Infamous underworld figure Jason Moran and Past Barbaro were gunned down in Essendon in 2003.

Infamous underworld figure Jason Moran and Past Barbaro were gunned down in Essendon in 2003.

That killing was thought to be in retaliation for the shooting homicide of Safwan Charbaji outside a nearby panel beater two weeks earlier. Pasquale Barbaro’s grandfather Peter Pasquale Barbaro was gunned down in Brisbane in 1990 while his cousin Pat Barbaro was shot dead in a car park in Melbourne in 2003.

The Pasquale Barbaro sentenced in 2012 jail over the world’s biggest ecstasy bust.

The Pasquale Barbaro sentenced in 2012 jail over the world’s biggest ecstasy bust.

Another cousin, also called Pasquale, was involved in what was described as the world’s biggest ecstasy bust.

Some 15 million pills were hidden inside tinned tomatoes and shipped by the Calabrian mafia from Italy to Melbourne.

– With AAP


What a turn up-Matthew Leveson’s former partner Michael Atkins helping in search for body


Matthew Leveson’s former partner Michael Atkins helping in search for body

3.16pm 10/11/16

The partner of missing Sydney man Matthew Leveson is assisting police in a search for a body at the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, police have confirmed.

Michael Atkins, 53, has been helping police with their inquiries since Friday after being compelled to give evidence at an inquest.

Mr Leveson, 20, was last seen outside Sydney nightclub ARQ with Mr Atkins on the night he disappeared.

His body has never been found.

In February 2012, a $100,000 reward was announced for information leading to the discovery of Mr Leveson’s body.

In 2009, Mr Atkins was acquitted of murdering his former partner after a trial during in which he exercised his right to silence.

This morning, he was due to resume giving evidence for a sixth day at an inquest in Sydney but the hearing was adjourned until 2:00pm.

It is believed homicide detectives have been negotiating with Mr Atkins and his lawyers since Friday.

Deputy state coroner Elaine Truscott compelled Mr Atkins to give evidence and granted him immunity from prosecution, which means any evidence he gives cannot be used against him in a criminal trial.

Police said detectives received information that led them to the Royal National Park this morning.

An extensive search is being conducted of the area and a crime scene has been established.

Police have cordoned off an area of bush about four kilometres from the Waterfall entrance to the Royal National Park.

At least four detectives are on site and a forensics van is parked on the side of the road.

A bushwalking track is inside the crime scene area.

Mr Leveson’s parents Faye and Mark Leveson spoke briefly outside Glebe Coroner’s Court.

“I’m sorry but for the time being, we just can’t talk to you. The police have asked me not to say anything at this stage, we’ve got to respect that,” Mr Leveson said.

“So please understand and be patient, when we can talk to you, we will, but for right now we just can’t say anything. So thank you all for your interest … it’s really appreciated.”

Atkins apologised to Mr Leveson’s parents during inquest

During the inquest, Mr Atkins apologised to his missing partner’s parents “for their loss” while answering questions about Mr Leveson’s presumed death.

Mr Leveson’s parents stood with their arms wrapped around each other facing Mr Atkins as he gave evidence.

Counsel assisting the inquest Lester Fernandez asked Mr Atkins to address the Leveson family.

Mr Atkins told the family he was sorry for their loss but said he did not kill Mr Leveson.

More on this story:

Michael Atkins tells police where he buried Matthew Leveson’s body

A MAN acquitted of murdering his young lover has told police where he buried the body.

Detectives have spent two days at the Royal National Park south of Sydney with electrician Michael Atkins as he has finally broken his silence on what happened to the body of Matt Leveson, 20, and has taken police to his possible grave sites.

Police have also requested help from the rescue squad to provide a drone to help search the rugged bushland.


Matthew Leveson was last seen in 2007. Picture: supplied

The inquest into Matt’s disappearance in 2007, after he left a Sydney nightclub with Mr Atkins, has been adjourned today pending the shock development.

Matt’s family, Mark and Faye Leveson, were with their other two sons at Glebe Coroners Court today as they waited for the news they had hoped for — where their son’s body is so they can bring him home to bury him.

Mr Atkins was acquitted in 2009 by a jury of the murder and manslaughter of Matt, with whom he lived at Cronulla.


Parents of Matthew Leveson, Faye and Mark, at the Coroners court in Glebe today. Picture Renee Nowytarger

He was compelled to give evidence at the inquest but given immunity from prosecution if he told the truth at the inquest into what happened to Matt — but on Friday he admitted to having lied to the court about his police interview.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2007

Matthew Leveson was last seen leaving ARQ nightclub at Surry Hills about 2am

SEPTEMBER 25, 2007

Matthew Leveson, aged 20, reported missing by concerned relatives after he failed to arrive at work and could not be contacted.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2007

Matthew Leveson’s car found by police at Waratah Oval in Sutherland.

OCTOBER 2009

Michael Atkins acquitted by a jury of Mr Leveson’s murder and manslaughter

FEBRUARY 2012

A $100,000 reward was announced for information leading to the discovery of Matthew Leveson’s body.

TODAY:

Police have launched a search in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, in connection with an ongoing investigation into missing man Matthew Leveson.

It is understood that police used Mr Atkins confession to having lied as leverage to get him to confess to where Matt’s body is.

He had told police when he was interviewed after Matt’s disappearance, he claimed to have been asleep in the couple’s flat and woke up to find Matt missing but he was confronted with CCTV footage of him buying a mattock and duct tape at Taren Point Bunnings.


CCTV footage of Michael Atkins leaving the cash register at the Bunnings Store at Taren Point.

The receipt for the purchase with Mr Atkins fingerprint on it was found in Matt’s car which was discovered at Waratah Oval five days after he disappeared.

Mr Atkins had first told the inquest last week that he had told police the truth in the interview.

Then on Friday he admitted that he had lied to them because he was “scared” of them — and therefore lied to the inquest.


Police have today launched a search in the Royal National Park in Sydney’s Sutherland shire.

  • Matthew Leveson: Michael Atkins loses appeal, must give evidence at inquest into lover’s death

    Updated 12 Oct 2016, 4:42pm

    Michael Atkins, who was acquitted of murdering his lover Matthew Leveson, must give evidence at a coronial inquest into the younger man’s death in 2007, a NSW appeal judge has said.

    Mr Atkins was the last person to see Mr Leveson alive,outside the Sydney nightclub Arq in September 2007.

    Mr Leveson’s body has never been found.

    Mr Atkins was later acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

    He exercised his right to silence during his trial in 2009 and is expected to give evidence about the matter for the first time.

    Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott ordered Mr Atkins to address the inquest, and he appealed against the order in the Supreme Court.

    In dismissing his case, Justice Lucy McCallum said:

    “The right to silence is, of course, important. But so is the coroner’s jurisdiction.”

    Under an order given by the coroner, Mr Atkins’ evidence cannot be used against him in a criminal trial.

    ‘We just want to bring Matt home’

    Mr Leveson’s mother, Faye Leveson, cried outside the Supreme Court and begged Atkins’ family to encourage him to reveal anything he knew.

    “It’s our world, it’s our family” she said.

    “How do you tell your other two boys, how do you tell them you can’t give them their brother back? It’s just not fair.”

    Ms Leveson said she hoped the inquest would help the family locate her son’s remains.

    “We just want to bring Matt home. That’s all we want,” she said.

    Mr Atkins will give evidence at the coronial inquest at Glebe Coroner’s Court on October 31.

    First posted 12 Oct 2016, 11:36am


    Matt Leveson inquest: Witness tells of threesomes with Michael Atkins, the man acquitted of missing man’s murder

    HIS arms around his young partner, this is Michael Atkins and Matt Leveson on their last night together.

     

    It was taken at Darlinghurst’s Arq nightclub in September 2007 and just hours later Matt, 22, would be missing and Mr Atkins, 52, would later be charged and acquitted of his murder.

    Their friend, given the pseudonym John Burns, has told the inquest into Matt’s death how he took this photograph at Arq either late on September 23 or early on September 24, 2007.

    It has been tendered to the inquest at Glebe Coroners Court today.

    Mr Burns told the inquest of his sexual threesomes with the couple.

    He said he only had sex with his friend Matt Leveson, 20, and Matt’s partner Michael Atkins, 52, because he wanted to get closer to Mr Leveson.

    Mr Burns is believed to be the last person to have spoken to Matt, albeit by text message, before he went “missing” after leaving Darlinghurst’s Arq Nightclub with Mr Atkins in the early hours of Sunday September 23, 2007.


    CCTV footage of Michael Atkins at Bunnings Store at Taren Point.

    Michael Atkins and Matt Leveson on the night before Mr Leveson went missing.

    Mr Atkins, who the inquest has heard lied to police about being at home later that Sunday when he was caught on CCTV buying a mattock and duct tape from Bunnings, was charged with Matt’s murder but acquitted by a jury in 2009.

    Mr Leveson’s body has never been found.

    Mr Atkins, now living in Brisbane, did not give evidence at his trial but he has been subpoenaed to give evidence at the inquest. He is sitting in a Sydney courtroom packed with Matt’s family and friends listening to the evidence of Mr Burns.

    Mr Burns told the inquest that Mr Atkins used to “hit on” the young men at Arq by giving them free drugs — ecstasy and GHB.

    He said the three men had sex together twice and after that, he noticed a difference in the relationship between Matt and Mr Atkins who had been living together in Mr Atkins’ Cronulla unit.

    He said Matt did not appear to want to be around Mr Atkins as much and there was an “obvious distance” between them.


    Mr Leveson was last seen leaving Arq nightclub.

    Matt Leveson who police believe was killed on in 2007, although his body has never been found.

    Michael Atkins arrives at Glebe Coroners Court in Sydney today for the inquest. Picture: Mick Tsikas

    On the evening of September 22, 2007, he met up with Matt and Mr Atkins at Arq where Matt was his usual energetic, happy self, bouncing around to the music, he said.

    The inquest has heard that Mr Atkins told police that he had take Matt home because he was sleepy but Mr Burns said Matt had told him he did not want to leave the nightclub.

    In one of a series of text messages, Matt told Mr Burns that Mr Atkins was “taking me home and won’t let me stay!”

    In another text, Matt said: “He needs to f***ing get over himself.”

    Mr Burns told the inquest that Matt had earlier told him that Mr Atkins was very controlling and he had not been able to go out on his own since their relationship began.

Georges Hall shooting: Hamad Asaad shot dead in ‘drive-by’ attack linked to Bankstown shopping centre execution of Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad

Featured


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Georges Hall shooting: Man shot dead in ‘drive-by’ attack

‘Too wild for his own good’: Suspected gangland trigger man gunned down in Sydney

Six months after standover man Walid “Wally” Ahmad was gunned down in a brazen and very public execution, the man suspected of pulling the trigger has suffered a similar fate.

Hamad Assaad, 29, had been on the police radar after he was identified as a key suspect in the death of Mr Ahmad, who was shot as he sat in a cafe outside Bankstown Central shopping centre in April.

A man believed to be in his twenties, has been shot dead in Georges Hall, south west Sydney.

Investigators believe Mr Assaad was aligned to a rival family, which some of the Ahmads had been pitted against after another shooting outside Wally Ahmad’s smash repairs in Sydney’s south-west.

“He was on the other team,” one source put it.

It is not yet certain whether Mr Assaad’s death was in response to his widely rumoured role in the death of Mr Ahmad, who was at the helm of one of south-west Sydney’s infamous families.

Investigators suspect two gunmen and a driver were lying in wait in a black car near Mr Assaad’s Georges Hall home on Tuesday morning for him to emerge.

At about 9.20am, he walked out of his family’s Sturt Avenue home with a 12-year-old boy, whom he was about to drive somewhere.

After moving one car from the garage, Mr Assaad was getting into another when two gunmen opened fire.

“This is a targeted shooting,” Homicide Squad Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said.

“These individuals obviously wanted to kill him, there is no doubt about that.”

Mr Assaad was shot “many” times, police say, and despite attempts to revive him he died on his driveway.

Neighbours said they heard a rapid succession of up to six gunshots, which sounded like they came from a semi-automatic weapon.

“I was about to go in mum’s car and I heard boom boom boom,” said the daughter of Sturt Avenue resident Sonya Aleksandrova.

“I was like, ‘Mummy, mummy shut everything please hide, shut the doors, shut the windows’.”

Mr Assaad’s mother emerged from their home, hysterical, after the shooting to find her bloodied son. Traumatic scenes followed.

Many relatives and friends flocked to the taped-off crime scene throughout the day, with one man caught jumping into the Assaad home back yard.

Wally Elriche, the one-time bodyguard for Salim Mehajer, was among a small group of men circled by police at the rear of the Assaad home.

He was not arrested but another man was loaded into the back of a police truck and taken away.

At another side of the crime scene, Mr Assaad’s distraught grandmother demanded officers let her past the police tape.

“They won’t let me see my son’s son,” she said.

“He hasn’t done anything at all. Go catch the drug dealers, gun dealers, they are killing people.”

The latest shooting has fuelled concerns about retaliation, with the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad part of the push to try to quell those concerns.

“We are always concerned about any potential retaliation from events like this,” Inspector Taylor said.

An obvious line of inquiry for police is whether Mr Assaad, a well-known figure in the south-west criminal community, was killed in retribution to Wally Ahmad’s demise.

However, police stressed they were keeping all avenues open.

Mr Assaad had previously escaped a conviction for the murder of Mohamad Alahmad, 37, who was shot six times as he sat in his BMW in the driveway of his South Granville home in 2007.

It was alleged at the time that Mr Alahmad’s ex-wife was in a relationship with crime boss Nasser Kalache but had started talking to Mr Alahmad about a possible reconciliation.

Mr Assaad was then under orders to kill Mr Alahmad with another man.

He beat the charge and was found not guilty in 2010.

In the wake of his death, a friend revealed Mr Assaad had run for Kalache for years.

“He was too wild for his own good,” he said.

“He was a really nice kid but you could direct him [to do something].”

The Homicide Squad now has three murder investigations in 2016 with possible links to the Ahmad family conflict.

It started with the shooting of Safwan Charbaji, 32, outside Wally Ahmad’s Condell Park smash repairs in April.

The conflict erupted between members of the Elmir and Ahmad family over a bizarre $100,000 kidnapping plan.

Mr Charbaji was killed and another man was shot in the jaw but survived.

Wally’s brother, Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, is one of a handful of men police suspect used a gun that day. He travelled to Lebanon after the shooting.


Boy witnessed dad’s drive-by shooting death

LAURA BANKS, JACK HOUGHTON and DAVE MEDDOWS, The Daily Telegraph

A MAN — who was a suspect in a gangland hit at a Bankstown shopping centre earlier this year — was gunned down in the driveway of a south western Sydney house as he was getting ready to take his young son to school.

Hamad Asaad, 29, who was shot repeatedly in the driveway of a Georges Hall house just before 9.30am, was a suspect in the murder of Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad, who was gunned down in the carpark of Bankstown Central in April, police sources told The Daily Telegraph.

Ahmad was killed in a hail of bullets when he was ambushed in the midday attack, where two other bystanders were also shot.

Police believe Ahmad’s killing may have been retribution for the murder of Safwan Charbaji earlier in April outside Ahmed’s smash repair shop in Condell Park.

A sheet covers the body of a man gunned down in a driveway in Georges Hall.

Asaad was also acquitted in the murder of Mohamad Alahmad who was shot while getting into his BMW outside his Granville home in August 2008.

It is believed Mr Alahmad’s wife Eman Hamawi had left him and entered into a relationship with crime boss Nasser Kalache but was considering reconciling with the murdered man.

Asaad collapsed in the driveway suffering multiple gunshot wounds about 9.30am. He died a short time later.

There are reports he had been shot in the head.

The man’s body was covered with a white sheet and a large quantity of blood could be seen on the concrete.

Paramedics had worked to save the man but he died at the scene.

A crime scene was set up and police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad are involved in the investigation.

The sister of the victim broke down trying to get to her brother.

With tears streaming down her face, the woman begged police guarding the scene to let her in.

“Please, he’s my brother,” she said before being told she could not enter.

The woman ran off towards another distressed person waiting in a car.

A visibly distraught man is held back by friends and police at the scene. Picture: AAP

Asaad’s visibly distressed mother was helped from the scene by police and an unknown man..

Police had to earlier hold back this distraught man, believed to be the victim’s brother, who was trying to gain access to the crime scene.

A man wearing a hoodie was also seen pleading with police to be let into the crime scene, shouting the victim was his brother.

Police were also seen leading an older woman from the scene, but it is unclear if she is related to the man.

Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said the shooting was “targeted” and unfolded in a matter of seconds.

He confirmed the man had ties to Middle Eastern crime gangs.

“He was moving one car out of the driveway when he was shot multiple times,” he said.

“His mother was home at the time. She is hysterical as you can imagine.”

Insp Taylor said the victim was being “observed” by the shooters before the attack.

“The motivation behind this murder is not really known and it would not be the right thing for us to speculate,” he said.

“The family is very distraught.”

An employee of nearby Pool and Spa Warehouse, Robert, told The Daily Telegraph he heard eight to 10 shots, and ran outside to see a car speed from the location.

“We heard the shots going off and walked out and saw I’m pretty sure a black Mercedes fly up the road,” he said.

Police have since confirmed the vehicle was a black Audi sedan.

Robert said it sounded like more than one gun was used in the shooting.

“It sounded like there were six (shots) from one gun and then I heard another shot that sounded like it came from another gun,” he said.

Dozens of police raced to the scene after reports of the shooting.

Police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad are among those at the scene.

His colleague Raj Goundar, 50, agreed.

“I think it was an automatic weapon because it went dudududud really fast,” he said.

“It was not a simple one shot, there were a lot of them.

“It is scary but if you hang with the wrong crowd this happens.”

The shooting took place at Sturt Ave, Georges Hall


 

JACK HOUGHTON, LAURA BANKS and DAVID MEDDOWS The Daily Telegraph

A MAN shot dead on a south-western Sydney driveway this morning was a suspect in a gangland hit at a Bankstown shopping centre earlier this year.

Hamad Asaad, 29, who was gunned down in the driveway of a Georges Hall house just before 9.30am, was a suspect in the murder of Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad, who was gunned down in the carpark of Bankstown Central in April, police sources told The Daily Telegraph.

Ahmad was killed in a hail of bullets when he was ambushed in the midday attack, where two other bystanders were also shot.

Police believe Ahmad’s killing may have been retribution for the murder of Safwan Charbaji earlier in April outside Ahmed’s smash repair shop in Condell Park.

A sheet covers the body of a man gunned down in a driveway in Georges Hall.

A sheet covers the body of a man gunned down in a driveway in Georges Hall.Source:News Corp Australia

Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad was ambushed and shot dead at Bankstown Central in April. Picture: Seven News

Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad was ambushed and shot dead at Bankstown Central in April. Picture: Seven NewsSource:Channel 7

CCTV shows the moment Ahmad was shot in the April attack.

CCTV shows the moment Ahmad was shot in the April attack.Source:Supplied

Asaad collapsed in the driveway suffering multiple gunshot wounds about 9.30am. He died a short time later.

There are reports he had been shot in the head.

The man’s body was covered with a white sheet and a large quantity of blood could be seen on the concrete.

Paramedics had worked to save the man but he died at the scene.

Paramedics had worked to save the man but he died at the scene.Source:News Corp Australia

A crime scene was set up and police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad are involved in the investigation.

The sister of the victim broke down trying to get to her brother.

With tears streaming down her face, the woman begged police guarding the scene to let her in.

“Please, he’s my brother,” she said before being told she could not enter.

The woman ran off towards another distressed person waiting in a car.

Police and paramedics at the scene.

Police and paramedics at the scene.Source:News Corp Australia

A visibly distressed woman was helped from the scene by police and an unknown man..

A visibly distressed woman was helped from the scene by police and an unknown man..Source:News Corp Australia

Police had to earlier hold back this distraught man who was trying to gain access to the crime scene.

Police had to earlier hold back this distraught man who was trying to gain access to the crime scene.Source:News Corp Australia

A man wearing a hoodie was also seen pleading with police to be let into the crime scene, shouting the victim was his brother.

Police were also seen leading an older woman from the scene, but it is unclear if she is related to the man.

Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said the shooting was “targeted” and unfolded in a matter of seconds.

He confirmed the man had ties to Middle Eastern crime gangs.

“He was moving one car out of the driveway when he was shot multiple times,” he said.

“His mother was home at the time. She is hysterical as you can imagine.”

Insp Taylor said the victim was being “observed” by the shooters before the attack.

“The motivation behind this murder is not really known and it would not be the right thing for us to speculate,” he said.

“The family is very distraught.”

An employee of nearby Pool and Spa Warehouse, Robert, told The Daily Telegraph he heard eight to 10 shots, and ran outside to see a car speed from the location.

“We heard the shots going off and walked out and saw I’m pretty sure a black Mercedes fly up the road,” he said.

Police have since confirmed the vehicle was a black Audi sedan.

Robert said it sounded like more than one gun was used in the shooting.

“It sounded like there were six (shots) from one gun and then I heard another shot that sounded like it came from another gun,” he said.

Dozens of police raced to the scene after reports of the shooting.

Dozens of police raced to the scene after reports of the shooting.Source:News Corp Australia

Neighbours said the man moved into the home about six months ago with a wife and young children.

Neighbours said the man moved into the home about six months ago with a wife and young children.

Police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad are among those at the scene.

Police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad are among those at the scene.Source:News Corp Australia

His colleague Raj Goundar, 50, agreed.

“I think it was an automatic weapon because it went dudududud really fast,” he said.

“It was not a simple one shot, there were a lot of them.

“It is scary but if you hang with the wrong crowd this happens.”

The shooting took place at Sturt Ave, Georges Hall

The shooting took place at Sturt Ave, Georges HallSource:The Daily


dailymail.co.uk

Man shot dead outside a Sydney house in drive-by attack

  • A man, 29, was gunned down in Sydney’s south-west on Tuesday morning
  • Emergency services were called to a house on Sturt Ave in Georges Hall about 9.20am
  • Paramedics treated the man for multiple gunshot wounds but he died at the scene
  • A black ‘sports type’ sedan was seen leaving the scene, NSW Police said

The victim was a key suspect in the murder of gangland figure Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad gunned down in April

  •  WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW 

A man gunned down outside his house in Sydney’s south-west on Tuesday morning was known to police and was believed to be a key suspect in the execution-style murder of a prominent gangland figure.

Hamad Assaad, 29, was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting on Sturt Ave in Georges Hall at 9.20am.

Police said they believe the victim was leaving his house when two shooters in the back of a black sports car shot him dead in board daylight.

Assaad was a suspect in the shooting of gangland figure Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad, who was gunned down in April this year, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Ahmad’s murder at a Bankstown shopping centre was thought to be retribution for the killing earlier that month of another man, Safwan Charbaji.

Scroll down for video 

A man in his 20s has been gunned down outside a house in Sydney’s south-west

He was shot multiple times outside a house on Sturt Ave, Georges Hall, about 9.20am on Tuesday

Police are seen here speaking to onlookers at the scene

The victim was a suspect in the shooting of gangland figure Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad (pictured)

In 2010 Assaad was charged with murder in another drive-by shooting, relating to a love triangle, but was found not-guilty of killing Mohamad Alahmad, 37.

On Tuesday after Assaad was shot, he was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for multiple wounds, however he died at the scene.

‘These individuals obviously wanted to kill him. There’s no doubt about that. He was the target,’ Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said.

The man’s distraught mother was home at the time of the attack, however it is not yet clear if she witnessed her son’s murder.

Ahmad’s murder at a Bankstown shopping centre (pictured) was thought to be retribution for the killing earlier that month of another man, Safwan Charbaji.

Nearby residents and shops said they heard multiple gunshots

A black Audi sedan was seen leaving the scene

Man shot dead in execution-style hit in his Sydney driveway

He was well known to police, and detectives from the State Crime Commisison, Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and officers from the south-west Sydney region are investigating.

Officers described the attack as a ‘targeted shooting’, and are currently scouring CCTV footage from businesses and homes in the area.

Photos showed the man’s body laying in the driveway covered by a white sheet, and a large amount of blood could be seen on the concrete beside him.

Police from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad are reportedly at the scene

Officers are seen here speaking to bystanders

A distraught man was held back by friends and police after arriving at the scene

The man was comforted by a friend as police blocked his entrance to the crime scene

Earlier it was reported police were hunting for a black Audi seen in the area, however it was later confirmed they were hunting for a black ‘sports type’ sedan.

A hairdresser at Tamed Hair by Rose, around the corner from the house, heard the gun shots.

‘It does happen but it hasn’t happened quite so close to us,’ Rose told AAP.

‘It was pretty frightening.’

Disturbing footage showed paramedics performing CPR on Ahmad after he was  fatally shot in April 2016

A man was treated by paramedics at the scene of Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad’s shooting in April for gunshot wounds to his leg before being taken to hospital

An injured bystander after the April 2016 shooting of Wally Ahmad

 

Queensland murder trial of Gable Tostee over NZ tourist Warienna Wright’s death-Jury considers

Featured


Gable Tostee has been found not guilty of killing Tinder date Warriena Wright, who fell to her death from his 14th-floor apartment balcony on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

A Supreme Court jury had struggled to reach a verdict, but finally acquitted Mr Tostee of both murder and manslaughter more than 15 hours after beginning its deliberations on Monday.

Live rundown inside court

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Queensland’s biggest trial of the year will begin when Gable Tostee fronts the Brisbane Supreme Court charged with the murder of a New Zealand tourist.

See link below for original post

Gable Tostee-What happened to Warriena Tagpuno Wright?


THE jury in the Gable Tostee trial has asked whether language should be “considered as force” while deliberating the fate of the accused murderer.

The jury’s fourth note to Justice John Byrne was revealed this afternoon.

After Justice Byrne read out the note before the jury, he replied: “The short answer to the question is no”.

“Let me provide some elaboration so that you can be confident that I have addressed the concern that apparently prompts the question,” he said.

“The prosecution does not suggest that it can exclude any of the four defences raised for your consideration that concerned the use the force by the accused in reliance of what he said, as distinct from what he did, in the three particularised episodes.

“That is, the potential availability of the defences is concerned with the physical force used by the the accused in the three acts particularised not with any menace that might have been presented by the words the accused used that accompanied the use of force by him.”

The jury has retired again to deliberate.

EARLIER: The jury in the murder trial of Gable Tostee are entering their third day of deliberations after previously stating they were struggling to reach a unanimous verdict.

Tostee has arrived at the Brisbane Supreme Court this morning.

OVERNIGHT: JURORS in accused balcony ­killer Gable Tostee’s murder trial have been ordered to continue deliberating despite telling the judge yesterday they were unable to reach a verdict.

Justice John Byrne said discharging a jury was a last resort and told them to keep trying.

His direction came after they handed him a note saying they were struggling to reach a decision on Tostee’s innocence or guilt over the death of Warriena Wright, who plunged to her death from his Surfers Paradise high-rise balcony in August 2014.

It was the third note jurors had written to the judge since retiring about 12.30pm Monday.

The other notes related to questions they wanted clarified, including whether to take into ­account Ms Wright’s intoxication and state of mind before she climbed over his balcony and fell.

“I have a note indicating that so far you have not been able to reach a verdict,” Justice Byrne told the jury about 3.10pm yesterday.

“Let me say this, you are entitled to take as long as you wish to reach your verdict.

“I have the power to discharge you from giving a ­verdict, but I should only exercise it if I am satisfied that there is no likelihood of genuine agreement being reached after further ­deliberations.

“Experience has shown that juries can often agree if given enough time to consider and to discuss the issues.”

The jury spent an extra hour late yesterday trying to reach a verdict before asking the judge to send them home for the night.

They had earlier asked the judge to clarify several issues, including Tostee’s age, a long silver item he appeared to be holding as he exited a lift after Ms Wright fell as well as the role of her ­intoxication and state of mind.

In response to another question, Justice Byrne told the jury they must find Tostee not guilty of murder or manslaughter unless they were persuaded beyond reasonable doubt that he used more force than reasonably necessary to remove Ms Wright.

Justice Byrne said putting Ms Wright on to the balcony constituted removing her from the property under a homeowner’s right to eject a disorderly person.

He also repeated his advice on what the jury must find to prove manslaughter and murder.

Jury retires to decide Tostee’s fate

THE jury that will determine whether Gable Tostee killed his Tinder date Warriena Wright in August 2014 has retired to consider its verdict.

The judge presiding over the trial delivered his final directions to jurors this morning, before sending them out to consider their verdict shortly after 12.30pm.

Addressing jurors on a range of arguments that arose at trial, Justice John Byrne urged them not to consider Tostee’s conduct after Warriena Wright fatally plunged from his balcony as any indicator of guilt.

CCTV footage shown to the jury in the trial last week showed Tostee leaving his apartment building by the basement carpark, so as to avoid emergency services who had raced to the scene, in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

CCTV footage of Gable Tostee on the night she fell from his Gold Coast apartment.

CCTV footage of Gable Tostee on the night she fell from his Gold Coast apartment.Source:News Corp Australia

He was then also seen wandering aimlessly around Surfers Paradise for an hour and a half, stopping at one point to buy and eat pizza.

In his final address to the jury today, Justice Byrne said Tostee’s behaviour after Ms Wright died was irrelevant to their deliberations.

“It would be wrong for you to use any of the evidence of what he did as advancing the prosecution case for murder or manslaughter and I direct you not to,” he said.

Ms Wright plunged to her death from Tostee’s 14th floor Gold Coast apartment after Tostee locked her on his balcony.

She was attempting to climb to the balcony below when she fell.

Crown prosecutor Glen Cash argued the 26-year-old was fleeing in “abject terror” after Tostee strangled her inside his apartment. The alleged strangling happened after Ms Wright threw rocks at Tostee.

Gable Tostee leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Gable Tostee leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt Source: AAP

Defence barrister Saul Holt argued Tostee put an “increasingly erratic” Ms Wright onto the balcony, in a bid to de-escalate a violent situation that had erupted between the pair.

Tostee has pleaded not guilty to both murder and the alternative lesser charge of manslaughter.

Justice Byrne addressed the six men and six women of the jury on a range of issues, including whether or not Tostee intended to cause Ms Wright grievous bodily harm, which caused her to undertake the act that led to he death.

“The burden rests with the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused,” he said.

“If you are left with a reasonable doubt, your duty is to acquit.”

He also reminded jurors their task was an intellectual one, not an emotional one.

“You should dismiss all sympathy and prejudice, no such emotion has any place in your position,” he said.

“You must approach dispassionately.”


Gable Tostee trial: After Tinder date died, Tostee ate pizza, phoned lawyer

Revealed: Timeline of the final moments

The timeline of the night Gable Tostee’s Tinder date fell 14 storeys to her death reveals the first phone call he made was not to triple-zero, but to a lawyer.

CCTV captures Tostee meeting Wright

Footage has surfaced of Gable Tostee meeting Warriena Wright for the first time only hours before the young woman plunged 14 floors to her death. Vision courtesy Nine Network.

CCTV footage played at Mr Tostee’s murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court shows he left the high-rise apartment via the basement car park just after Warriena Wright died in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

The 30-year-old did not call triple-zero, but instead paced around the Gold Coast entertainment precinct for an hour and bought pizza from a Cavill Ave shop, the jury saw.

Phone records tendered in court show the first call Tostee made that morning was to criminal law firm Potts Lawyers at 2.21am, about a minute after the 26-year-old New Zealander had fallen.

He also called his father Gray Tostee at 3.23am to pick him up, lamenting “why does this s— keep happening to me?”.

It was not until later in the car when Tostee exclaimed, “Oh my God, I hope she’s not dead.”

Mr Tostee and Ms Wright’s Tinder conversation tendered in court revealed the pair had a brief exchange of saucy messages before meeting in person.

The Supreme Court was on Tuesday presented with photos of Mr Tostee and Ms Wright taken on Mr Tostee’s phone the night Ms Wright died. Photo: Twitter/7 News

In their initial chat, Tostee told Ms Wright on the app, “You look delicious. I want to do dirty things to you.”

He also asked her whether she was a “freak in the sheets”.

Footage payed in court showed Gable Tostee walking around the Gold Coast entertainment precinct for an hour and ordering pizza after Warriena Wright fell to her death. Photo: Nine News

“Let’s get drunk together, I’m a pornstar after a few drinks!” Tostee said.

Ms Wright was in Australia for a two-week holiday to attend a friend’s wedding.

Mr Tostee leaves Brisbane Supreme Court after day three of this murder trial on October 12. Photo: Tammy Law

It’s not alleged Tostee threw or pushed her, but that he intimidated her so greatly she felt the only way she could escape was to climb down from the balcony after he had locked her out.

In an audio recording Tostee made on his mobile phone, which captured the moment Ms Wright died, he is heard telling his father he put her on the balcony because she was “beating him up”.

Forensic medical officer Nelle Van Buuren told the court Tostee had abrasions on his cheek, nose, shoulder and knee when he was examined on the afternoon of August 8 but was not able to say what caused them or how old they were.

What is thought to be Tostee’s blood was also found on a small, white decorative rock he claims Ms Wright threw at him, the court heard.

DNA expert Emma Caunt said a man’s DNA was found under Ms Wright’s fingernails but could not identify whose it was.

Neighbours have testified at the trial to hearing a woman’s terrified screams as well as a man and a woman arguing, before Ms Wright fell from the 14th floor and ricocheted off balconies below.

The prosecution case is expected to close on Thursday after a Gold Coast pathologist gives evidence.


Timeline of Warriena Wright’s final night

Based on CCTV and audio recording exerts tendered in murder trial

Thursday, August 7, 2014

8:46pm – Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright meet for their Tinder date on Cavill Ave, Gold Coast.

8:50pm – Mr Tostee buys a six-pack of beer from BWS.

8.53pm – They get into lift at his block of units. Last time Ms Wright is seen alive.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mr Tostee starts recording audio on his mobile phone at 1.05am

2.14am – Mr Tostee: “You have to leave.” Ms Wright: “It’s all good.” Tostee: “You’re f—ing insane.”

2.15am – Mr Tostee: “You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony, you goddamn little psycho b—-.”

2.17am – Mr Tostee: “I’m gonna let you go, I’m gonna walk you out of this apartment just the way you are. You’re not going to collect any belongings, you’re just going to walk out. I’m gonna slam the door on you. If you try to pull anything I’ll knock you out, I’ll knock you the f— out.”

Heavy breathing then crashing sound

2.20am – Mr Tostee: “You just don’t understand. Let go! You think if you hit me I’ll just fall down like in the movies?”

Ms Wright: (screaming) “No, no, no, no, no. Just let me go home.”

Mr Tostee: “I would but you have been a bad girl.”

Ms Wright: (screaming) “I want to go home, I want to go home.”

Distant scream followed by loud heavy breathing

2.22am – Mr Tostee: “Shit.” (call goes to voicemail) “Where the f— are my keys?”

2.23am – Gets out of lift on ground floor, paces around, goes back in.

2.25am – Gets out of lift in basement, leaves building via car park.

3.07am – Mr Tostee continues walking around Gold Coast entertainment precinct.

3.11am – Orders and eats pizza from Cavill Ave shop.

Mr Tostee calls father

Mr Tostee: “Hello dad, might have a bit of a situation … I locked her out on the balcony and I think she might have jumped. I’ve been walking around and there’s million cops around my building … I swear to god I didn’t push her. I just chucked her out on the balcony because she was beating me up … why does s— happen to me, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

3.44am – Mr Tostee picked up by father Gray Tostee in car.

Mr Tostee: “Oh my god, I hope she’s not dead.”

AAP


Gable Tostee trial: Supreme Court jury retires to consider verdict in murder case

Updated about 2 hours ago

The jury in the Gable Tostee murder trial has retired to consider its verdict.

Brisbane Supreme Court judge, Justice John Byrne, spent most of the morning summing up the evidence in the Gold Coast man’s trial.

Tostee, 30, has spent the past week on trial accused of murdering New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright, 26, in August 2014.

He has pleaded not guilty to causing Ms Wright to fall from his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment balcony.

The pair had been on a Tinder date at Tostee’s apartment, but became involved in a violent altercation.

Ms Wright was locked outside on the balcony shortly before she fell while trying to climb down.

Justice Byrne this morning told the jury the burden of proving the crime rested solely with the crown, and the defence had to prove nothing, let alone Tostee’s innocence.

“You may only draw an inference of guilt if it so overcomes any other possible inference as to leave no reasonable doubt in your minds,” he said.

“If you are left with a reasonable doubt about guilt your duty is to acquit, that is to find the accused not guilty.

“If you are not left with any such doubt, your duty is to convict, that is find him guilty.

“You should dismiss all feelings of sympathy or prejudice.”

He urged the jury to treat “context evidence”, such as CCTV of Tostee leaving his apartment via his basement or wandering the streets alone afterwards, with caution.

“It would be wrong for you to use any of the evidence of what the accused did over this period as advancing the prosecution case on murder or manslaughter.

Crown, defence offer closing addresses

The crown and defence delivered their closing addresses to the jury on Friday, both sides describing an audio recording of the night retrieved from Tostee’s mobile phone as the critical piece of evidence in the case.

Prosecutor Glen Cash QC argued while Ms Wright had probably unlawfully assaulted Tostee just prior to being locked out, his response was disproportionate and unlawful.

He said Tostee’s intimidating conduct left Ms Wright feeling like she had no means of escape other than scaling the balcony.

Mr Cash said the “panic and desperation” in Ms Wright’s voice moments before she fell “[spoke] more powerfully than [he] ever could about the cause of her death”.

But the defence argued the crown case was “nonsensical”, and Ms Wright, who had been erratic and “out of control” during the evening, had essentially decided to “climb to certain death”.

Barrister Saul Holt QC said Tostee had ordered Ms Wright to leave his apartment via the front door, but she hit him with the metal part of a telescope, after which he grabbed her and put her behind the “nearest lockable door”.

He said Ms Wright climbed over the balcony railing just seconds after, something that was neither rational nor reasonably foreseeable.

Mr Holt told the jury it was irrelevant whether they thought it was “weird” or morally questionable for Tostee to record the date, “but thank goodness he did


Court released original Tinder exchanges today. here is how they hooked up

Tostee and Wright’s Tinder exchanges

Tinder messages sent between Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright between August 1-7.

Note: Warriena uses the name “Cletus” in some online profiles.

Tostee: Hey you sexy slack jawed yokel

Warriena: Lol Hey. Had a few people (think) that’s my real name…

Tostee: Is it? Gable and Cletus sitting in a tree…

Warriena: Sounds good lol

Tostee: You look delicious. I want to do dirty things to you

Warriena: That usually work?

Tostee: Haha, not trying to make anything “work”, I’m just saying. Got a problem with that? :p

Warriena: Lol fair enough. I was just asking :p

Tostee: So you’re down with that then? Can you be a freak in the sheets Cletes? (sic)

Warriena: Lol probably not. Depends.

Tostee: What does it depend on?

Warriena: What I’ve had to drink! Lol.

Tostee: Let’s get drunk together, I’m a pornstar after a few drinks!

Warriena: Hah that’s great…

Warriena: U in gold coast?

Tostee: Yup you?

Warriena: Yeah. Just exploring surfers

Tostee: Lol I live in surfers. How long you down for?

Warriena: Till Monday

Tostee: Let’s get together then🙂 what’s your number by the way?

Warriena: (provides phone number)


Quotes and description from recording of Tostee and Ms Wright:

1:06am Ms Wright: “I know you want to kill me because you told me so.”

1:08am Tostee says he does not think there is anything after death. Tostee: “Throw me off the balcony and that is it. This is it, boom.”

1:19am Music still playing in the background and soft sounds of groaning in background.

1:21am Ms Wright: “You do have to do shit to me.”

1:23am Tostee: “Ow.”

1:29am Tostee: “I don’t like getting beaten up.”

1:36am Tostee: “There is a tonne of your stuff here. Hey I didn’t say you have to leave, I said that you have to stop beating me up.” Heated conversation.

1:36am Ms Wright: “…I will f***ing destroy your jaw. It is not f***ing funny.”

1:38am Tostee: “I should have never given you so much to drink. I thought that we were going to have fun?”

1:39am Tostee: “I don’t deserve this shit, OK. I am a nice f***ing guy.

1:39am Tostee: “Do you even remember what you were doing to me half an hour ago? You were beating me up for no reason.”
Ms Wright: “Exactly.”
Tostee: “You thought it was funny or something. Why were you beating me up?
Ms Wright: “I am gone, I will be out of your hair see you later. I am going.” Ms Wright produces a phone, stating: “See you later.”
Tostee: “You are such a drama queen.”

1:41am Tostee asks if they can “sit down and discuss this”. Ms Wright says she is a freak. Tostee says he is going to have bruises, asks Ms Wright to stay the night. Tostee says he is the most tolerant person she would meet, “but you are just a bit violent”. Tostee offers to cook something, asking Ms Wright if she wants something to eat.

1:48am Ms Wright: “Don’t be a dick, don’t be a dick.”

Tostee: “I’m not being a dick.”
Ms Wright asks if she can go over to the window and have a look.

Tostee: “Don’t jump off or anything.”

Ms Wright: “No.”

2:10am Sounds of a struggle and ruffling sound of recording device.
Ms Wright: “That really hurt my vagina.” More struggling and male laughter.
Ms Wright: “You sound like a faggot.”

2:12am Tostee: “All right I give up, what do you want?” Loud bang. Tostee: “Ow.”

2:14am Tostee: “You are not my kind of girl. That is enough. You have worn out your welcome. You have to leave.”
Ms Wright: “OK, it’s all good.”
Tostee: “You have to leave.”

2:15am Tostee: “I thought you were kidding and I have taken enough. This is f***ing bullshit. You are lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony you goddamn psycho little bitch.”

2:17am Tostee: “You’re a goddamn psycho. I am going to let you go. I am going to walk you out of this apartment just the way you are. You are not going to collect any of your belongings you are just going to walk out and I am going to slam the door on you do you understand. If you try and pull anything. I’ll knock you out. I’ll knock you the f*** out. Do you understand? Do you understand? Do you understand?”

Tostee: “Come on Get up. Get up.”

Ms Wright: “I am so sorry.

Tostee: “I don’t care … you don’t understand do you? You don’t understand anything at all, do you? You don’t understand, do you?” Sounds of a struggle. Tostee: “Let go. You think that you hit me and I was going to fall down like in the movies. Let go of it. Let go. Let Go. Let go.”

2:19am Sounds consistent with door unlocking and then female states “No”. Possible sound of glass door being hit.

2:20am Tostee: “Who the f*** do you think you are? Hey?”

Ms Wright: “No, no, no … No! No, no. No.”

Tostee: “You tried to kill me huh? Well why did you try and hit me with that. Huh? Shut your filthy mouth.”

Ms Wright: “No. No. No No. No (screaming).”

Tostee: “It is all on recording you know. It is all being recorded.”

Ms Wright: “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Just let me go home.”

Tostee: “I would but you have been a bad girl.”

Ms Wright: “Just let me go home. Just let me go home. Just let me go home. Just let me go home.”

2:21am Faint screaming detected. Tostee heard breathing very heavily. He makes a call on his mobile phone. Tostee: “Shit.”

2:22am Tostee: “Where the f*** are my keys?”

The Gold Coast man is accused of killing Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who he met on the dating app Tinder while she was visiting Australia.

Gable Tostee arrives at Southport court in September 2015.
Gable Tostee arrives at Southport court in September 2015. Photo: Chris Hyde

Ms Wright was on a two-week vacation to attend a friend’s wedding and met Tostee, a carpet layer, at the end of her trip.

The 26-year-old was found dead at the base of the high-rise Avalon Apartments unit in Surfers Paradise in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

Warriena Wright met Gable Tostee on an online dating site while visiting the Gold Coast.
Warriena Wright met Gable Tostee on an online dating site while visiting the Gold Coast. Photo: Supplied

She had fallen from the 14th floor balcony of Tostee’s unit.

Tostee was arrested at his parents’ house and charged with murder the following week.

He has pleaded not guilty and will be represented by high-profile barrister Saul Holt QC.

The Brisbane Supreme Court is expected to be packed on Monday morning when the trial starts before Justice John Byrne.

It is expected to take seven to eight days.

AAP


Warriena Wright’s final tragic hours

Gold Coast Bulletin

THIS is the alleged recording of Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright’s final hours together in his Surfers Paradise apartment.

WARNING: Content may distress.

THE NIGHT TOGETHER

12.56.30am: Music heard. It is James Blunt’s Nights Like These.

12.57am: Male: “Don’t go baby, please.”

12.58am: Drinks poured.

1.02am: Male asks female to come here and chill and have a drink. Repeats to chill, have a drink. Male says that everything on him is good looking. Female: “I am psycho drunk and not to test her.”

1.03.30am: Male: “Shut up or I will make you come again. Female: “Shut up or I will beat you up. You look like Sam.”

1.05.30am: Male: “Do you want to come to my work tomorrow?” Female: “Do you want to come to my family tomorrow?”

Male: “You can help me lay carpet. You can help me tell my mum I am not a loser …”

1.07am: Female: “I know you want to kill me because you told me so.” Reference to dying from smoking.

1.08am: Further conversation about galaxies and travel to Alice Springs. Conversation about religion and gods.

1.09am: Male says that he “doesn’t think there is anything after death”. “Throw me off the balcony and that is it. This is it, boom.”

1.12am: Male: “Don’t touch them. You love them rocks.” Female: “Are you a god?” Male replies that yes he is. He is Zeus. He tells her to relax.

1.13am: Female says she is talking about gods. Male says there are no gods. She again calls him Zeus.

1.14am: Female says she is going to go vampire on his ass. Conversation about Reza. Male: “Stay right there.”

1.15am: Female: “You are dead and I hate you.”

1.16am: Conversation about her dead dog.

Male: “Don’t hurt me, I am defenceless.”

1.19.30am: After minutes of laughing and hitting in the background, male is heard to say “Ow”.

1.20.30am: Music still playing in the background amid soft sounds of groaning.

1.26.30am: Male: “I should walk you home.”

1.27am: Male: “Stop that.” Female: “Oh my god you are like a Christian.” Further inaudible conversations.

1.28.30am: Female: “Don’t be a (expletive) to me.” … Inaudible conversation … Male: “I don’t want to like have to muscle you.”

1.29.30am: Male: “Just relax.” … Inaudible conversation … “I don’t like getting beaten up.” … Inaudible conversation.

1.31am: Male: “Just be nice.” Inaudible conversation. Conversation is calm.

1.33.30: Male: “Come here.” Female: “Have a good night.” Male: “Do you want me to walk you back home.” Moves closer to the recording device. Sounds of ruffling and female is heard to say “have a good night” and male states “no (inaudible) I’ll take care of you in the morning.”

1.35.30am: Music stops.

HEATED ROW:

1.36am: Female: “Where is my sister’s (expletive). Where is all my (expletive) data? Where is my iPhone?” Male: “Do you want me to ring it?” Female: “Yes, I would love you to (expletive) ring it.”

1.36.30am: Male: “There is a ton of your stuff here. Hey I didn’t say you have to leave. I said that you have to stop beating me up.” Heated conversation.

1.37am: Female: “Are you going to (expletive) untie me because I will (expletive) destroy your jaw. It is not (expletive) funny.”

Female: “Get it for me. Male: “No, you get it.” Female: “I am going to call the police.”

1.37.30am: Repeats she is going to call the police.

1.38am: Male: “Cmon Cletus.”

1.38.30am: Female: “I am going to call the police.” Male: “What are you looking for? Where is my money. How are you going to call the police without your phone?”

Female: “You stole my (expletive) phone.” Male: “I should have never given you so much to drink. I thought that we were going to have fun?”

1.39am: Male: “I don’t deserve this (expletive), OK. I am a nice (expletive) guy.” Sound of a beep (phone).

1.39.30am: Male: “Your phone must be out of battery” … “it must be out on the balcony.”

Male: “Please calm down please. You have had too much to drink. I had (expletive) loads of money.” Female states that she “(expletive) rules in New Zealand but she gets taken advantage of. It is not (expletive) funny”.

1.40am: Male: “Do you even remember what you were doing to me half an hour ago?

“You were beating me up for no reason.” Female: “Exactly.” Male: “You thought it was funny or something. Why were you beating me up?” Female: “I am gone. I will be out of your hair, see you later. I am going.” Then produces the phone. Female: “See you later.” Male: “You are such a drama queen.”

1.40.10am: Call to deceased, six seconds.

1.41am: Male asks if we can sit down and discuss this. Female says she is a freak. Male says that he is going to get bruises. He asks the female to stay the night and says he is the most tolerant person he would meet, adding “but you are just a bit violent.” Male offers to cook something. Male again asks if she wants something to eat.

1.45am: Male asks how long the female is living on the Gold Coast. Female: “Geez, god didn’t want me here for long, he has kicked me out already.”

1.45.30am: Female says that “Myjambu did not say anything.” Male asks if it is a Maori god. Calm conversation.

1.46:30: Conversation about Procifany and Greek gods and mythology.

1.48am: Female asks if she can go over to the window and have a look. Male: “Don’t jump off or anything.” Female: “No.” Further inaudible conversation.

1.49am: Male says people with white coats are going to come in and the states that she would jump off the balcony. He says he is totally flattered that his vodka has had this effect on her.

1.49.30am: Male: “Just come here, I just want to cuddle you. Male states I just want to snuggle you. Door shuts and possible toilet seat going down. Possibility that female is in the toilet.

1.51.am: Male whispers into the recording device, “God help me, (expletive).”

1.52.30am: Female calls male a social demon.

1.53am: Male asks if she got the photos he sent her. “Our balcony photos. You are so much more drunker than me. I need to catch up.”

1.53.30am: Ruffling sounds. Drink poured. Male: “That is like vodka on the rocks. That is yours.

1.56.30am: Female: “That is horrible. I am going to leave that there.”

1.57am: Male states that his mum is in Adelaide because his pa died. Died of cancer. Conversation about male finding out about his pop dying.

1.57.30am: Doesn’t think he has been so sad before.

2.02.30am: Female: “UK men are funnier and have bigger (expletive).” Male: “Not bigger than mine.” Conversation continues. Male asks if his is the “biggest”.

2.03.30am: Male: “Hey hey hey, no violence.” Then laughs and says “What are you doing Cletus?” and “enjoy that”. Female: “Cheers.”

2.05.30am: Male tells “Cletus to chill out”. He says “it is not cool here and he will fix that (expletive)”.

Possible pouring, drinking. Male asks to promise that she does not beat him up. Asks her to sleep next to him.

2.09am: Male states that if she “was going to go all kung fu on me then I will kick your (expletive)”. Calm conversation.

2.11am: Sound of a struggle and ruffling sound of recording device. Female: “That really hurt my vagina.” More struggling and male laughing, to which female replies: “You sound like a (expletive)”.

2.12am: Male states she is insane. Sounds of background clicking. Male: “They are not real they are only fake.”

2.12.30am: Male: “Who is Sam.” Says “ow” again, before “I’ll bow down to Sam. I will do what you want. I will be your sex slave (possibly having rocks thrown)”.

2.14am: “That is enough.” Female: “No seriously, I have to have a (expletive).”

Male: You are not my kind of girl. That is enough. You have worn out your welcome. You have to leave. Female says OK, it is all good. Female out of breath. Male states ‘you have to leave’. Female replies ‘OK. It’s all good’. I thought you were a nice girl.

2.14.30am: Male says — Yeah it is you are (expletive) insane.

CHOKING SOUNDS AND THE FATAL PLUNGE

2.15am: Male states I think you are kidding but you are not. Go on right now. Male states — I do need a sample of DNA.

2.15.30am: Male states — I thought you were kidding and I have taken enough. This is (expletive) (expletive). Male states — you are lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony you god damn psycho little (expletive). Male states — who the (expletive) do you think you … I am. Yeah do your Muay Thai now.

2.16am: What. What — got something to say- say it. Female breathing heavily. Female states (unintelligible) sexist. Male relies yeah right. I am the one who is injured. You don’t have a god damn scratch on you.

2.16.30am: Male states I thought that you were just playing around but I am (expletive) sick of this (expletive). You’re a god damn psycho. I am going to let you go. I am going to walk you out of this apartment just the way you are. You are not going to collect any of your belongings you are just going to walk out and I am going to slam the door on you, do you understand? If you try and pull anything. I’ll knock you out, I’ll knock you the (expletive) out. Do you understand? Do you understand? Do you understand?

2.17.30am: Cmon, get up. Get up. Female states — I am so sorry. Male states I don’t care. Struggling — male — you don’t understand do ya. You don’t understand anything at all do you. Struggle. Male states ‘let go’. You think that you hit me and I was going to fall down like in the movies. More laboured breathing sounds. Male states let go of it. Let go. Let go. More choking sounds.

2.18am: First choking sounds.

2.18.30am: Still laboured breathing sounds. Breathing slows. Male: “Let it go.”

2.19.30am: Sound of something dropping (metallic)

2.20am: Sound consistent with door unlocking. Female: “No.” Possible sound of glass door being hit.

2.20.30am: Male: “Who the (expletive) do you think you are? Hey?” Female: “No, no, no.”

Male: “You tried to kill me huh?” Male: “Well, why did you try and hit me with that. Huh? Shut your filthy mouth.”

Female: “No, no, no, no, no. (Screaming).”

Male: “It is all on recording you know. It is all being recorded. Female: “Just let me go home.” Male: “I would but you have been a bad girl.” Sound of door sliding shut.

2.21am: “Just let me go home. Just let me go home.” Last words of “just let me go home”. Male heavy breathing. Faint scream detected.

2.21.30am: Very heavy breathing from male.

In documents filed ahead of Gable Tostee’s Supreme Court bail application on Monday, police claim Warriena Wright struggled for breath and was taunted in the seconds before her death.

2.21.50am: Male makes call to lawyer Mick Purcell. Call made from handset. “(Expletive).” Call not connected.

2.22am: Male: “Where the (expletive) are my keys?”

2.23am: “Expletive, expletive, expletive.”

2.23.30am: “Oh my god.” Sound of getting dressed, pulling jeans up.

2.26am: Sound of sirens in the background.

2.26.30am: Sound of lift button.

2.28.30am: Walking noises. Footsteps.

2.39.30am: Walking stops.

2.24.13am: Call to deceased.

2.42am: Walking starts again.

2.47am: Call to Purcell.

2.49am: Screen shot taken of phone with images of deceased. Call to deceased.

3.10.30am: Male: “Um a piece of supreme please.”

3.11.30am: Paper rustling. (Eating pizza).

THE PHONE CALL

3.23am: Makes phone call. “Hello dad. I might have a bit of a situation. See um I met up with a girl for a date tonight and she started getting really aggressive. It was all right at first and like we, you know, had sex in bed and she kept drinking. We were both drinking and I think that she thought that it was like a joke or something and she kept like beating me up and whatever. It was cos she was really drunk and whatever and I like forced her out on the balcony and I think that she might have jumped off.”

Dad: “Oh no.”

3.23.30am: Male: “Like I have been walking around and there are a million cops around my building. I’m (expletive). I don’t know what to do.”

Dad: “Where are you? At your unit?”

Male: “I didn’t cause this, like I didn’t push her. There are a million cops in the area.”

Dad: “I’ll come and get you OK?”

Male: “It is really (expletive) up. I am like at Dominos. Dad, like this is not my fault.”

3.25am: Call continues … “I don’t know, like I tackled her on my floor inside the building and I never forced her over the balcony.”

Dad: I am sure you wouldn’t, mate.”

Male: I don’t know what the (expletive) happened, it is crazy. I swear to god I didn’t push her, I just chucked her out on the balcony and locked the door because she was beating me up.”

Dad: “I’ll come over now OK?”

3.29am: Call continues. Male: Hang on a sec. What the (expletive). What the (expletive) is this … you know how I said there was something in my pocket. Well it is her phone in my pocket.”

Dad: “Is it her phone?”

Male: “It is her phone, yeah … Dad like what happened was we were drinking and we got into bed together then and after that she just kept drinking and she just kept like I don’t know she was just like beating me up. She thought it was funny or something and I was just like tackled her in the middle of my apartment and I said that it wasn’t funny anymore and blah blah blah.

“Then when I let her go the last thing I remember was she was on the balcony and I don’t know if she jumped or what, I don’t know. It wasn’t my fault, it wasn’t my god damn fault.”

3.46.30am: Call made and connected. “Hey dad, are you nearby. I am seriously freezing.

Dad: “Not far away at all. Male: “Can you stay on the line?” Dad: Yep.”

3.47.30am: Sound of car door opening and seatbelt being placed on.

3.48am: Dad: “We need to ring (lawyer) Bill Potts. Male: “I didn’t do anything. Dad: “I understand. Um the only thing we can do is ring Bill Potts up now. You can’t do anything else but that but you need to do it straight away really. Can you find his number?”

3.48am: Male: “I wish that I had cameras in my unit. I have audio. I tried calling her phone.” Dad: “Don’t call her phone.”

3.49am: Call is made to phone and goes to message bank. Dad: “What are you doing, why did you do that?” Male: “I don’t know.”

3.50am: Call to deceased.

3.51am: “Why does this (expletive) always happen to me. I didn’t ask for this. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I just invited the girl over. The more she drank …”

Dad: “Was she jealous or something?”

Male: “Me and her had sex and it was like the more that she drank she just got violent for some reason. Dad: “Did she want a more serious relationship or something?” Male: “No, she was like I know Muay Thai blah blah blah and I’ll beat you up for fun rah rah rah and I was like tolerating it for a bit and went ‘yeah stop that’. Last thing that I remember was that I tried holding her down and she ran out on to my balcony. I hope I just imagined it.”

3.51.30am: Call to deceased.

3.52am: I might have locked her out on my balcony cos there is like a lock. I can’t remember what I did but I absolutely did not throw her off my balcony. I would never do anything like that.”

3.52.30am: Dad: “We need to ring up Potts.” Male: “I don’t ask for this (expletive). Why does this (expletive) happen to me?”


Six selfies tendered to the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday showed a smiling Warriena Wright and a shirtless Gable Tostee inside his Gold Coast apartment and gave no hint of the tragic events that were about to unfold in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

They were the last pictures taken of Ms Wright before she plunged to her death from Tostee’s 14th floor balcony.

The 30-year-old carpet layer has pleaded not guilty to Ms Wright’s murder.

Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright.Source:Supplied

Source:Supplied

Source:Supplied

Source:Supplied

Police seized the photos from a camera owned by Tostee that was located inside his apartment.

A witness told the court he witnessed the horror of Ms Wright’s death plunge after being alerted by her scream for help.

From his balcony on the 12th floor, Nick Casey looked up to see Ms Wright hanging over Tostee’s balcony, and tried to yell to her to climb back over.

“I heard her say, ‘I want to go home’, I heard her say, ‘help’ and at that point I said to her, ‘go back inside’ and it wasn’t long after that she fell,” he said.

“She fell straight past where I was standing on the balcony and ricocheted off a few balconies below us and kept going to the ground.”

The images were tendered after the jury in Tostee’s murder trial heard audio recordings the accused made which revealed Ms Wright’s terrified screams.

Tostee can be heard breathing heavily after Ms Wright disappears from his Gold Coast balcony.

He can also be heard attempting to make a phone call that goes unanswered.

He then apparently leaves the apartment building and calls his father, Gray, to come and pick him up.

“Hello Dad, I might have a bit of a situation,” he says.

After explaining what happened, he goes on, “She kept beating me up and whatever and, um, I locked her out on the balcony and I think she might have jumped off.

“There’s a million cops around my building, I’m f***ed.

“I don’t know what to do.

“I didn’t cause this, I didn’t push her or anything.

Warriena Wright. Picture: Police MediaSource:Supplied

Police re-enactment of the circumstances leading to Warriena Wright’s death. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled/Queensland Supreme CourtSource:AAP

“I’m just walking around the area and there’s a million cops around the area.”

Tostee sounds calm throughout the conversation with his father.

When the elder Tostee comes to collect him, he asks if he needs to go to hospital.

“Why,” his son asks.

“Well, it’s traumatic,” he responds.

Tostee explains to his father that he and Ms Wright had watched a movie and had sex throughout the course of the evening but that she drank heavily.

“The last thing I remember is trying to hold her down and she ran out onto the balcony. I hope I just imagined it,” he says.

“I might have locked her on the balcony … I absolutely did not throw her off my balcony. I would never do anything like that.”

Despite the police presence around his apartment building, Tostee apparently did not yet know Ms Wright had died.

“God, I hope she’s not dead,” he says. “What if she’s dead? What if she jumped?”

His father replied, “Don’t worry. There’s nothing you can do about that.”

“This is so f***ed up. Why has this happened to me,” he asks.

As he continually attempts to call his lawyer, Tostee can be heard fearing he does not have proof he did not push Ms Wright off his balcony.

“I do have photos of me and her, like, selfies. But I don’t know if I have any proof of her being aggressive,” he says.

“The truth comes out,” his father replies. “It will.”

The jury in the murder trial earlier heard the last chilling moments of Ms Wright’s life, as the accused killer allegedly locked her on his balcony after she was growing increasingly aggressive.

“No, no, no, no, no. I want to go home. Just let me go home,” she is heard saying on the audio.

“I would, but you’ve been a bad girl,” he replies.

Ms Wright’s screams pierced the courtroom, as she appeared to be begging for her life.

Tostee can be heard asking a slurring Ms Wright to leave his apartment, in an increasingly threatening tone.

“You goddamn psycho bitch. I’m going to let you go, I’m going to walk you out of this apartment, just the way you are,” he says.

“You’re not going to collect any belongings. I’ll slam the door on you. You’re not going to pull anything or I’ll knock you the f*** out.”

A muffled scuffle ensues between the pair, in which Ms Wright repeatedly cries, “no, no, no no” and “I want to go home. Just let me go home.”

The noise is silenced by the sound of a sliding door, which fits with the Crown’s contention that Tostee locked her on his 14th floor balcony.

Within moments, the 26-year-old had fallen to her death.

The prosecution alleges the 26-year-old was fleeing in terror from Tostee when she attempted to climb over this balcony to the one below.

Hairdresser Emily Ellis also watched from the 12th floor balcony as Ms Wright fell.

“She was in a hanging position but … I wasn’t able to make out what she was doing,” she said

“I said (to another person in the apartment) I couldn’t work out what she was doing, I said I don’t know what she’s doing and she fell.”

The trial continues before Justice John Byrne.

Police photograph of Gable Tostee’s 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled/Queensland Supreme CourtSource:AAP

Yesterday the first part of the explosive audio recording was played in court, capturing Ms Wright’s final hours in Tostee’s Gold Coast apartment.

It revealed the New Zealander was drunk, at times incomprehensible and repeatedly violent to the man charged with her murder.

“I’ve met some weird people on Tinder,” the 30-year-old murder accused was heard to say, as the drunk Ms Wright apparently swings in and out of violent episodes towards him.

The trial, before Justice John Byrne, is continuing.


AN EXPLOSIVE audio recording played in court that captured Warriena Wright’s final hours in Gable Tostee’s Gold Coast apartment has revealed the New Zealander was drunk, at times incomprehensible and repeatedly violent to the man charged with her murder.

“I’ve met some weird people on Tinder,” the 30-year-old murder accused is heard to say, as the drunk Ms Wright apparently swings in and out of violent episodes towards him.

The first part of the secret recording Tostee made of the 26-year-old New Zealander was played to the jury in his murder trial on Monday afternoon.

Ms Wright plunged 14 floors to her death off Tostee’s apartment on August 8, 2014.

The Crown has argued Ms Wright was fleeing for her life when she tried to climb down offTostee’s balcony to the level below and lost her grip. Images of a police re-enactment of Ms Wright’s legs dangling off the balcony were tendered to the court yesterday.

Tostee has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

A police re-enactment of the scene below Tostee’s apartment as Ms Wright tries to climb down.Source:Supplied

In the expletive-laden tape, which runs for more than three hours, Tostee is heard to repeatedly try to calm Ms Wright down as she becomes aggressive and lashes out at him.

At one point, she accuses him of stealing her phone.

“Where’s my f***ing s***? My f***ing data,” she says.

Asked what it looks like, she yells, “it looks like a f***ing iPhone”.

Ms Wright insists on leaving, but Tostee tries to stop her.

“I didn’t say you have to leave, I just said stop beating me up,” he said.

She asks him again where her things are.

“I will f***ing destroy your jaw. It’s not f***ing funny,” she says.

“Look that’s your stuff right there,” he replies.

“Get it for me. Get it for me. Get it for me,” she yells.

“I’m calling the police, get it for me. Get it for me now.

“I’m going to call the police and they are going to come here. I’m going to call the police … You stole my f***ing phone.”

“I didn’t,” he protests.

“I should never have given you so much to drink.

“I don’t deserve this s***, I’m a nice f***ing guy.”

Police photograph of Gable Tostee’s 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled/Queensland Supreme CourtSource:AAP

Ms Wright was on a two-week holiday in Australia when she matched with the then 28-year-old carpet layer, who lived in his father’s Surfers Paradise apartment.

The couple spent the evening of August 7 in the apartment, drinking and having sex, before a final confrontation was followed by Tostee locking her on his balcony.

Soon after, she plunged 14 floors to her death.

An audio recording of Warriena Tagpuno Wright reveals she was apparently drunk before she fell to her death of a 14th-storey balcony.Source:Facebook

The downstairs neighbour testified that she was woken by something that sounded like furniture being thrown around the apartment above her, before hearing a panicked woman crying, “No, no, no”.

She opened her own balcony door to see Ms Wright’s legs dangling before her, then watched in horror as she fell to the driveway below, clipping her balcony rail in the fall.

Ms Wright died of extensive head injuries.

The 30-year-old displayed no emotion in the dock of the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday, as the audio of him and Ms Wright was played for the jury.

To the background sounds of James Blunt and Kanye West, among others, Tostee is heard to profess an apparently healthy self-confidence, when Ms Wright compliments his good-looking feet.

“I know, everything’s good looking with me,” he tells her.

“But I won’t look like that if you keep beating me up. I’ll look like tenderised meat.”

At one point, Ms Wright tells him the decorative rocks on his coffee table are gods, before apparently throwing them at him.

Police photograph of inside Gable Tostee’s apartment. Tostee is accused of murdering New Zealand woman Warriena Wright. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled/Queensland Supreme CourtSource:AAP

He tells her he gave her too much to drink, but it apparently does not dull his attraction to his Tinder date.

“I’m totally flattered my vodka has done this to you,” he says to her.

“You’re kind of mental but really cute in a way.”

As opposed to his date, Tostee sounds relatively sober, which he acknowledges.

“You’re so much drunker than me, I need to catch up,” he says.

The trial, before Justice John Byrne, is continuing.

Gable Tostee (Eric Thomas) appearing for the death of Warriena Wright. Picture: Annette DewSource:News Corp Australia

Gable Tostee: Screaming, shouts of ‘no’ captured prior to Warriena Wright’s balcony fall, court hears

Updated Tue at 4:38pm

Gable Tostee arriving at the Supreme Court for the opening day of his trial. (AAP: Dan Peled)

An audio recording of a fight between Gable Tostee and the woman he is accused of murdering includes noises “consistent with her being choked or strangled in some way”, a Brisbane court has heard.

Tostee today pleaded not guilty to murdering New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright on the Gold Coast in August 2014.

Ms Wright, 26, fell from a balcony located on the 14th floor of a Surfers Paradise apartment block.

Tostee, 30, was living in the apartment at the time.

The Supreme Court trial is underway after a jury was empanelled this morning.

Opening the crown case, prosecutor Glen Cash said Ms Wright and Tostee first made contact on the dating app Tinder on August 1, 2014.

They arranged to meet in Cavill Avenue on Thursday August 7 about 8:45pm, went to a bottle shop to buy beer and then went to Tostee’s 14th floor apartment in the Avalon building.

Mr Cash said the crown would allege that over the next few hours they drank alcohol and were intimate before an altercation occurred in the early hours of Friday morning.

He said a key piece of evidence was an audio recording of the events leading up to Ms Wright’s death, made on Tostee’s phone.

He said of particular interest was the altercation that happened prior to her being locked on the balcony.

Mr Cash said the recording would be played and included noises “consistent with her being choked or strangled in some way”.

The court would “hear noises of her screaming, shouting ‘no’,” he said.

“The defendant was inside the apartment having locked Warriena outside on the balcony.

“The defendant did not throw Warriena over the balcony, he did not push her over the balcony.”

Mr Cash said they would allege Ms Wright had no other means of escaping other than climbing over the balcony, and she fell to her death when she tried to do so.

Defence lawyer disputes choking claim

 Tostee’s barrister Saul Holt QC disputed the suggestion Ms Wright was choked or strangled.

He told the court there was no evidence this occurred, arguing Tostee had merely restrained Ms Wright in self-defence.

Mr Holt said during the altercation Ms Wright had become “increasingly erratic” and had thrown rocks at Tostee and hit him with a parts from a telescope.

Mr Holt said Tostee had repeatedly asked Ms Wright to stop and asked her to leave, and the recording would show that.

He said it was within the law for someone to use reasonable force to defend themselves or their property.

“It is a desperate tragedy that Warriena Wright died,” Mr Holt said.

“This is a case where what happened is relatively straightforward.”

More than 20 witnesses are expected to testify before Justice John Byrne.

Tostee was granted bail in November 2014 on the condition he lived with his parents, refrained from using online dating sites and received treatment for a diagnosed alcohol problem.


Tiahleigh Palmer: Foster father Rick Thorburn charged with murder over schoolgirl’s death

Featured


 BTW I have heaps of Video and court Docs just waiting to post  legally

Inside the idyllic rural property where 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer’s spent 10 months before her murder

au.news.yahoo.com

Child safety service not told Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father was ‘person of interest’ for months

Yahoo7 News on September 28, 2016, 5:53 am

Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father and accused killer Rick Thorburn was permitted to run a daycare business for five months after the schoolgirl’s death despite being a person of interest in the investigation, it has been revealed.

Queensland’s Department of Child Safety and Education were not notified that Thorburn was a person of interest in the case until April 2016, and the 56-year-old held a blue card until then, The Courier Mail reports.

Tiahleigh, 12, disappeared on October 30 when Thorburn claimed he dropped her off at school and she failed to come home.

Tiahleigh’s remains were found on a riverbank in November 2015.

Her body was discovered five days later, washed up on the bank of the Pimpama River.

Police told News Corp last week that Thorburn was a person of interest “from day one”, however the child safety authority was not notified until April, Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman confirmed.

Rick Thorburn has been charged over Tiahleigh’s murder. Photo: Supplied.

The department was told the Logan man was also facing allegations relating to an 11-year-old girl and four-year-old girl, the Courier Mail reported.

“In April, police notified my department and the Department of Education and Training of alleged criminal activity. This was the first time that concerns were raised about the Thorburns,” Ms Fentiman said last week.

Thorburn was charged over Tiahleigh’s murder and taken into custody on September 20, six weeks before the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.

Trent Thorburn was reportedly bashed twice in prison since his arrest. Photo: Supplied.

His son and Tiahleigh’s foster brother Trent Thorburn is also in custody accused of having an incestual relationship with the girl in their Chambers Flat home.

The 19-year-old dancer has reportedly been bashed twice by fellow inmates since being held in the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

The Queensland Government ordered a review into the foster care system and blue card services the day after the arrests.


IT WAS a house of misery where Tiahleigh Palmer spent 10 months of her life before her murder.

The schoolgirl was placed with former truck driver and muscle-car enthusiast Rick Thorburn and his family in the house on an isolated stretch of road at Chambers Flat, a rural pocket of strawberry farms and horse paddocks in the Logan area south of Brisbane.

The seemingly idyllic 2ha property where Tiahleigh made her new home with the Thorburn family is modern, with two bathrooms, a swimming pool, rolling green lawns and horses in the yard.

But inside the four-bedroom brick house just eight minutes from where Tiahleigh was last seen attending her high school, the young girl was allegedly preyed on by her foster brother Trent Thorburn.

The house in Chambers Flat in a rural area where Tiahleigh Palmer spent her last months in 2015.

The house in Chambers Flat in a rural area where Tiahleigh Palmer spent her last months in 2015.Source: Supplied

An occasional truant, Tiahleigh was well-liked at school.

An occasional truant, Tiahleigh was well-liked at school.Source :News Corp Australia

Tiahleigh Palmer attended school minutes from the Thorburn’s property.

Tiahleigh Palmer attended school minutes from the Thorburn’s property.Source:News Corp Australia

Tiahleigh came to live with the Thorburns, Rick and Julene and their sons Trent and Josh in the isolated family farmhouse south of Brisbane before she was murdered.

Tiahleigh came to live with the Thorburns, Rick and Julene and their sons Trent and Josh in the isolated family farmhouse south of Brisbane before she was murdered.Source: Supplied

The 19-year-old, who lived with his brother Josh, 20, and mother Julene has been charged with incest while Rick Thorburn, 56, has been charged with Tiahleigh’s murder.

Not all was well with the Thorburn family. Following a serious back injury which forced him to give up his job as a truckie, Rick Thorburn had tried a number of jobs to feed his family.

A car enthusiast, he had sold vehicle and engine parts from the property.

He was also a devotee of American culture and came up with the idea to sell US food from a truck he drove to festivals and other events in the Logan area.

A month after Tiahleigh moved into the Thorburn’s home, Rick Thorburn took his food van — which he named Nothing Healthy Here — and travelled around with his sons Trent and Josh selling hot dogs, hot jam doughnuts, churros and pancakes from the van.

This is the house in Flesser Rd at Chambers Flat where Tiahleigh lived with her foster parents.

This is the house in Flesser Rd at Chambers Flat where Tiahleigh lived with her foster parents.Source:News Corp Australia

The swimming pool at the house rented by the Thorburns.

The swimming pool at the house rented by the Thorburns.Source: Supplied

Rick Thorburn, at his Chambers Flat home before his arrest. Picture: Liam Kidston

Rick Thorburn, at his Chambers Flat home before his arrest. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

“We saw the quality of food at other places and decided we could do it bigger and better. We try to keep it unique and we have food you can’t get anywhere else,” he told the Jimboomba Times.

Mr Thorburn said he looked forward to being able to provide guests with a good old-fashioned feed.

“We do sell one healthy thing – water,” he joked in September last year.

Mr Thorburn made the comments almost eight weeks before Tiahleigh Palmer vanished.

While she lived with the Thorburns, Tiahleigh had been attending Marsden State High School, where Chaplain Ian Pratt said she was a free spirit who passionately threw herself into a range of creative pursuits.

The seventh grader was also described as “not always perfect” and an occasional truant from classes, but there was no suggestion of the alleged abuse that was unfolding at her new foster home.

Tiahleigh, 12, lived on the property which is among farms and horse paddocks south of Brisbane.

Tiahleigh, 12, lived on the property which is among farms and horse paddocks south of Brisbane.Source: Supplied

Rick Thorburn had lost his trucking job after a back injury and was selling American fare from a food truck. Picture: Liam Kidston

Rick Thorburn had lost his trucking job after a back injury and was selling American fare from a food truck. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

Tiahleigh Palmer allegedly kept a terrible secret while living at the Thorburn home and attending the local school.

Tiahleigh Palmer allegedly kept a terrible secret while living at the Thorburn home and attending the local school.Source: Supplied

The Thorburns property looked idyllic, but police allege Tiahleigh was being abused while she lived there.

The Thorburns property looked idyllic, but police allege Tiahleigh was being abused while she lived there.Source: Supplied

Tiahleigh had been placed with the Thorburns after spending a happy three years with a foster mother in Gympie, just over 200km north of the Chambers Flat house where she spent her final months.

The schoolgirl lived with Julie Pemberton in the Logan area for years until December 2014, when Ms Pemberton decided to stop acting as a foster carer.

Tiahleigh had been removed from the care of her biological mother, Cyndi Palmer, who was

in and out of police custody with drug problems between 2011 and 2013.

During that time Tiahleigh had experienced some of the lows of the Queensland foster care system, in which she sometimes stayed with carers for as little as 24 hours before being moved to another home.

Despite living in foster care, Tiahleigh remained close to her mother.

The 12-year-old lived with the Thorburns at this house between January and October last year before she was murdered and her body dumped.

The 12-year-old lived with the Thorburns at this house between January and October last year before she was murdered and her body dumped.Source :Supplied

Police divers found Tiahleigh’s shoe but not her uniform after fishermen discovered her body floating in the Pimpama River. Picture: QPS

Police divers found Tiahleigh’s shoe but not her uniform after fishermen discovered her body floating in the Pimpama River. Picture: QPSSource: Supplied

Rick Thorburn, above before his arrest, at the gate of the property his family shared with Tiahleigh Palmer. Picture: Channel 9

Rick Thorburn, above before his arrest, at the gate of the property his family shared with Tiahleigh Palmer. Picture: Channel 9Source: Supplied

At the time Ms Pemberton gave up her role as a foster carer and Tiahleigh was placed with the Thorburns, Cyndi Palmer had been trying to regain custody of her daughter.

Following Tiahleigh’s murder, Ms Pemberton said that Cyndi Palmer had “got it together” and that she “might have made a few mistakes but she is lovely and absolutely adores her daughter”.

Cyndi Palmer has posted on Facebook that she had endured an “evil” 2011, but had turned her life around but had “learned from it and … well prepared and educated for making 2012 the start of everything I want it to be for my family and I”.

But Tiahleigh’s return to her mother’s care never happened.

After almost a year with the Thorburns and allegedly involved in an incestuous relationship with her foster brother, Tiahleigh was dropped off at Marsden High School at 8.10am on October 30 by Rick Thorburn.

Witnesses say she entered the school briefly, but then left.

Six days later, fishermen found Tiahleigh’s badly decomposed body floating in the Pimpama River, 30km south of where she was last seen.

Police divers found one of Tiahleigh’s shoes, but her school uniform and pink backpack were missing.

Queensland Police have also charged Tiahleigh’s foster mother Julene Thorburn and her son Josh with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Rick Thorburn is in hospital in an induced coma after an alleged attempt at self harm following his arrest.


Tiahleigh Palmer’s 19-year-old foster-brother told a cousin he’d had sex with the 12-year-old and was worried she was pregnant, a court has heard.

In successfully keeping Trent Jordan Thorburn behind bars, prosecutors argued he had deliberately misled and lied to police throughout the 11-month investigation into the alleged murder of the Logan schoolgirl.

Foster brother admitted sex

The foster-brother of Tiahleigh Palmer is refused bail, charged with incest and lying to police. 7 News Queensland

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ellen French alleged a Facebook Messenger conversation between Mr Thorburn and his cousin two days before Tia went missing showed him disclosing that he’d had sex with her.

“He says he had sex with the victim on the prior Monday and he had only done so because she had threatened to kill his dog,” Sergeant French said, of a conversation that was allegedly handed over to police.

“The defendant said he was concerned about her being pregnant…” she told the court.

“The defendant further outlines the victim had spoken to his mother about it.”

Mr Thorburn’s defence lawyer John Ide argued he should have been granted bail on charges including incest considering his age, lack of criminal history and potential time behind bars awaiting trial.

“He’s a young man with no criminal history whatsoever,” he said.

Trent Thorburn.
Trent Thorburn.  

“In my submission it couldn’t be said he’s an unacceptable risk of any of the things that’s asserted by the prosecution.”

Sergeant French told the court Mr Thorburn had denied any involvement or sexual conduct with Tia on five separate occasions and colluded with his family to mislead police.

Tiahleigh Palmer's mother Cindy waits with supporters outside court.
Tiahleigh Palmer’s mother Cindy waits with supporters outside court. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“Eventually the defendant has admitted to the authorities that he had lied on multiple occasions in order to conceal the  sexual intercourse between himself and Tiahleigh,” she said.

A friend of Tia’s told police the young girl had approached her about a month before her alleged murder, saying “Trent tried to touch me”, Sergeant Ellen alleged.

Former foster carers Cameron and Wayne Pemberton speak to media outside court.
Former foster carers Cameron and Wayne Pemberton speak to media outside court. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“She further said that the victim claimed to have disclosed this to her foster-mother,” she said.

Mr Thorburn has been charged with incest, perverting the course of justice and two counts of perjury relating to Crime and Corruption Commission hearings in July and September this year.

Cindy Palmer arrives at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
Cindy Palmer arrives at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jorge Branco

Prosecutors argued he was “highly likely” to interfere with witnesses and “would attempt in every way shape and form to evade and avoid every risk” of imprisonment.

Magistrate Pamela Dowse kept Mr Thorburn behind bars, saying he was “not a candidate for bail at this point in time” but another application could be made in the future.

Tiahleigh Palmer.
Tiahleigh Palmer.  Photo: Supplied

Outside court, Mr Ide said he would consider applying to the Supreme Court for bail.

Police allege Mr Thorburn’s father, Richard Thorburn, killed Tia in an attempt to cover up his son’s alleged crime.

Richard Thorburn has been charged with the murder of his foster child.
Richard Thorburn has been charged with the murder of his foster child. Photo: Jorge Branco

The alleged killer was remanded in custody after his matter was heard on Wednesday morning as he remained in an induced coma in hospital after collapsing in the watchhouse on Tuesday.

EARLIER

A member of Tiahleigh Palmer's foster family arrives at Logan police station on Tuesday.
A member of Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster family arrives at Logan police station on Tuesday.  Photo: Glenn Hunt

The man accused of murdering Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer and dumping her body in a Gold Coast river is in an induced coma and won’t appear in court before a crowd of her mother’s supporters.

Foster father Richard Neville Thorburn, 56, was due in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, ahead of an application for bail by his son on related charges.

But the father remained in the intensive care unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Wednesday, after collapsing in the watchhouse on Tuesday afternoon.

Defence solicitor Kelly Thompson, from Robertson O’Gorman solicitors, told the court she’d spoken with doctors at the hospital.

“He’s currently in an induced coma and there’s no indication as to when he might be brought out of that at this stage,” she said.

A crowd of people expecting the appearance packed Beenleigh courtroom, leaving standing room only for a host of people due to appear on other matters, with supporters flanking Tia’s biological mum, Cindy Palmer.

Among them were Tia’s former foster father Wayne Pemberton and his son Cameron, who paid tribute to the “good girl”.

Wayne said the “feisty” 12-year-old lived with them for two and a half years and described his “total shock” at hearing the man who cared for Tia after him had been accused of her murder.

“You don’t expect that from a carer,” he said.

“That’s not what you’re here to do.

“To hear that and for everyone in the family to (allegedly) be involved it’s just unthinkable.”

Ms Palmer declined to comment as she made her way into the courthouse in suburban Beenleigh, just off the highway roughly halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Wayne, who remembered Tia’s love of waterskiing and other watersports, said it couldn’t be said Ms Palmer was happy but she was glad of an outcome.

Trent Jordan Thorburn, 19, has been charged with incest, perjury, and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He’s due to appear in court on Wednesday.

He was set to apply for bail after midday in a hearing his lawyer indicated would take about 45 minutes.

Richard Thorburn’s hearing went ahead without him and was adjourned for a committal mention on December 21.

He won’t be required to appear, meaning Ms Palmer again won’t have a chance to come face to face with her daughter’s alleged killer.

Mr Thorburn told police he dropped his foster daughter off at school about 8.10am that morning but police will allege that was a lie.

They’ll allege he instead murdered the 12-year-old at the family home in the Logan suburb of Chambers Flat on the night of October 29, before dumping her body in the river that night or the next.

The killing was sparked by a discovery made that night, which led Mr Thorburn to kill the girl in an attempt to cover up a crime Trent had committed against Tia, police will allege.

The younger brother was charged with incest, among other alleged crimes.

A missing person alert for Tia wasn’t put out until November 5, hours before her badly decomposed body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River.

The delay drew criticism, sparked wide-ranging changes to authorities’ responses to missing children in care and further condemnation from Wayne Pemberton on Wednesday as “very frustrating”.

“It’s not a good thing to have to wait around for someone to put an alert out but it finally got done,” Cameron said.

“It should have got done quicker. It shouldn’t have taken so long.”

Another supporter, who didn’t know the family, said she was “disillusioned” with the government’s handling of children in care.

Being charged with murder, Mr Thorburn must apply for bail to a higher court if he wants to be released.


The younger son, Trent, 19, described himself as a dancer, metal fabrication apprentice, and classic car builder.

Police believe the teenager sexually abused Tiahleigh. He was denied bail on charges for incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in court this afternoon.

In court, the prosecutor argued he “took advantage of (Tiahleigh) as her big brother and as a result her young life has been taken”.

The foster brother was concerned he had impregnated the child, the court heard. Police are expected to allege the boy’s father killed Tia to cover for his son.

THE foster family at the centre of allegations into the death of Tiahleigh Palmer buried the Brisbane schoolgirl in a heartfelt ceremony attended by more than 600 people last November.

Back then, Rick Thorburn, 56, Tia’s foster father and accused killer, appeared to hold back tears as he solemnly carried her child-sized coffin, acting as a pallbearer.

He blended in to the crowd of purple, Tia’s favourite colour, which mourners had chosen to wear to pay tribute to the young girl. The colour also became a symbol of commitment to the desperate search for answers over what had happened to her.

His shirt read “in love memory of Tiahleigh R.I.P.” At the service, he comforted her grieving mother.

The truck driver turned food van proprietor and his wife had taken in Tia as a foster child while her biological mother, Cyndi Palmer, worked to get her life on track after struggling as a teen mum and spending time in the prison system.

Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:AAP

Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:Supplied

She lived with the couple and their two adult sons in their Chambers Flat home where Thorburn’s wife Julene, 54, also ran a home daycare service.

The eldest of the two boys, Josh, 20, was qualified to work as an assistant in the home business and had been unemployed in recent years while recovering from injury.

The younger son, Trent, 19, described himself as a dancer, metal fabrication apprentice, and classic car builder.

Police believe the teenager sexually abused Tiahleigh. He was denied bail on charges for incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in court this afternoon.

In court, the prosecutor argued he “took advantage of (Tiahleigh) as her big brother and as a result her young life has been taken”.

The foster brother was concerned he had impregnated the child, the court heard. Police are expected to allege the boy’s father killed Tia to cover for his son.

A facebook photograph of Rick Thorburn and family Josh, Julene and Trent. Rick and Trent have been charged in relation to the murder of Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:Facebook

A Crime Stoppers tip led police to swoop on the family on Tuesday, arresting Rick, Julene, Josh, and Trent at various addresses in the Logan area.

Following police interviews Rick was yesterday formally charged with Tia’s murder. Trent, the youngest of Tia’s foster brothers, has been charged with incest.

Julene and Josh have been charged with one count each of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

All four family members are awaiting court, Trent’s today and Julene’s and Josh’s next month, though father Rick’s has now been delayed. The murder-accused was expected to face a bedside hearing at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, but is in an induced coma following a suspected self-harm attempt while in custody.

When his case returns to court, now scheduled for December, police are expected to allege the foster father murdered the girl in his car to protect his teenage son according to the Courier-Mail. Police will allege Trent sexually abused Tia.

Trent Thorburn was Tiahleigh’s foster brother.Source:No Source

Trent Thorburn, 19, has been charged with incest, perverting the course of justice and perjury in relation to the death of Tiahleigh Palmer.Source:No Source

Tia’s foster father and relatives have long been persons of interest throughout the 11-month investigation of the schoolgirl’s disappearance and murder, senior police sources told the Brisbane paper.

Less than a month after Tia’s death, the foster father published a post on Facebook saying the family had accommodation for one or two people in their “happy home environment on acreage”.

He described the residence as a clean and safe home.

The case has prompted the Queensland government to review the approval process for foster carers and working with children checks.

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt says both will be examined by extending a review already under way, with a report expected back early next year. “We will be very, very careful to ensure that the young people who are in our foster system as well as, of course, the broader child protection system are given all the protections,” he said.

Announcing details of the review, Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman confirmed the foster parents continued to run a child care business from their home after Tia’s death.

Tiahleigh’s mother, Cyndi Palmer at Beenleigh court on Wednesday where Rick Thorburn was due to appear. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

Tia went missing at the end of October last year. Her foster father was reportedly the last person to see her alive, dropping her off near Marsden State High school just after 8am on October 20.

Despite calls for action from her biological family, Tia wasn’t reported missing for six days. The delay was explained away at the time as taking care with concerns around identifying a child in care.

The same morning an alert was distributed by police appealing for help finding the girl, a trio of fishermen discovered her semi-naked decaying body on the banks of the Gold Coast’s Pimpama River.

The water and dirt had washed away any signs of what had happened to Tia, and police had few clues to work with while going about investigating how she had died.

Investigators were worried they may never solve the case.

Tia’s biological mother and grandmother were outspoken in appealing for witnesses and calls to Crime Stoppers from members of the public who may have seen or heard anything that could assist with finding out what happened to their little girl.

But her foster family was silent.

Foster father Rick Thorburn has been charged with murder. He is in an induced coma in a Brisbane hospital. Picture: Jack TranSource:News Corp Australia

Again speaking out, Tia’s grandmother Sue Palmer last night revealed her shock and anguish over the Thorburn family’s charges.

She said the news had “knocked the wind right out of my sails”.

“When it happens to your own it just is like a twisted knife in your heart,” she told A Current Affair on Tuesday.

“I’m just absolutely addled with thoughts of how she died, and that’s something that I really want to know.”

Ms Palmer criticised the Thorburn family’s behaviour following Tia’s death, which was made all the more alarming following yesterday’s allegations.

“They took pride of place at the funeral which I didn’t think they deserved and people treated them as though they were parents of long standing which they weren’t,” she said.

“It’s really really scary. It’s awful trying to raise little girls and boys nowadays. You can’t fix kids once you’ve wrecked them. You can’t fix Tiahleigh.”

Ms Palmer said she gained no relief from the arrests and charges, bringing her and the rest of Tia’s family closer to finding answers.

“To be really truthful it’s not a relief at all, it’s not even closure, it’s pain on pain,” she said.

Rick Thorburn remains in an induced coma and is due to face court on charges of murder and interfering with a corpse in December. His son Trent will face Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with incest, perjury and perverting the course of justice. He is expected to apply for bail.

Thorburn’s wife Julene and other son Josh have both been charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice, and have been bailed to return to court on October 10.

20/09/2016 Update
2016-09-20_16-13-36
a charge of incest has also been laid against one of the young males arrested.
tiahleigh-palmers-foster-father-has-been-arrested-over-the-schoolgirls-murder-9news

Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father Rick Thorburn has been charged with murder over the 12-year-old’s death, hours after he and his wife were arrested by homicide detectives south of Brisbane, police say.

Thorburn arrived at Logan police station in handcuffs just before 11:30am.

His wife Julene Thorburn arrived at the police station separately a short time later.

Less than two hours later, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen emerged from the police station to tell the media Thorburn would be charged with murder at the Beenleigh Police Station watch house.

“He will be appearing in court tomorrow,” Inspector Hansen said.

Earlier today, homicide detectives arrested four people in connection with the murder investigation.

“A woman aged 54, as well as three men aged 19, 20 and 56 were taken into custody by officers attached to Operation North Mizzen — a joint Homicide and Logan District investigation,” a police statement said.

“All four are known to each other and were located at various addresses in Logan.”

The ABC understands the two younger men also arrested are related to the Thorburns.

The arrests came shortly after police confirmed Tiahleigh’s foster father was the former owner of a car seized by police last week.

The 12-year-old’s body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River last November, almost a week after she vanished.

A week ago, detectives seized a 2009 blue-coloured Ford XR6 sedan they believed was linked to Tiahleigh’s murder.

Police said last week the car’s current owner was not considered a suspect.

Today, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen confirmed Thorburn was the car’s former owner.

His link to the investigation had been revealed in the media, which Inspector Hansen said could have hindered the progress of detectives.

“It didn’t help us,” he said.

Inspector Hansen admitted the investigation had moved quickly in the past 24 hours.

“Due to certain factors we’ve moved quicker than than we possibly would have wanted to,” he said.

Car still under forensic examination

He said police had received no further information in relation to the car since it was seized.

“We’ve looked at every person who had involvement with Tiah in this investigation,” Inspector Hansen said.

He declined to say what police, if anything, had found in the car.

“It’s still being examined,” he said.

He said detectives had also updated Tiahleigh’s biological mother on the investigation.

“She’s comfortable with our response at this stage,” Inspector Hansen said.

“But I will take the opportunity to say that also with the family that there are certain times we can’t pass on information, when the information is at a critical stage.

“It’s possibly been one of the most difficult investigations I’ve been involved in.”

Woman and baby boy in 20th-floor death plunge-Murder Suicide


Woman, child die falling from internal balcony from Docklands apartment

Police tape marks the scene where a woman and child died after a balcony fall in Melbourne’s CBD. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin

Wes Hosking, Anthony Dowsley

A WOMAN and a four-month-old baby have died after an apparent fall from an apartment balcony in Melbourne’s CBD.

The pair were found just after 10.30am in an apartment building at the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets.

Family are at the scene with one yelling “oh no” when told of the news.

It is understood the woman, 31, plunged from a balcony high in the City Point building.

Police are with distraught family. The deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

The bodies of a woman and child were found just after 10.30am. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin

The bodies of a woman and child were found just after 10.30am.

The exact circumstances of where the child was are unknown at this point.

It is believed the woman may have been residing above 20th floor.

Paramedics entered the building to attend to someone who may have become distressed about 1.30pm.

Later, a family could be seen talking with police and social workers in the foyer of the building just before 2pm.

A priest earlier entered the building to console family, and the coroner is on the scene.

A senior police officer has told media they will not be making any comment about the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, but police confirmed the ages of the pair in a statement.

“A 31-year-old woman and a 4-month-old child were located deceased at an apartment building in Docklands this morning,” a statement read.

The Melbourne CBD location where a mother and child have died in a horror fall.

The Melbourne CBD location where a mother and child have died in a horror fall.Source:Herald Sun

The pair are believed to have fallen from an internal apartment balcony. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin

The pair are believed to have fallen from an internal apartment balcony.


A resident, Alex Champ, said he was unaware of the incident. He said families, children and travellers stayed in the high rise.

“You get all people and young ones (living here), he said. “There is an internal area where there is a drop.

“It’s just crazy to think it’s just a few floors above me.”

A small section of the east bound Bourke street lane has been reopened by police near where it meets Spencer St.

Police are working to identify the mother and child. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin

Police are working to identify the mother and child.

Police have been speaking to staff at the Chocolate Frog Cafe, which is in an older building which fronts the tall apartment complex behind it.

Earlier Victoria Police spokesman Alistair Parsons said: “Police are currently at an apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands where a woman and a child were located.”

“The yet to be identified woman and child died at the scene,’’ he said.

“At this early stage it is believed they may have fallen from an internal balcony.”

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were yet to be determined.

Police have cordoned off the area and are speaking to witnesses.

Paramedics were called to the area but could not assist the pair.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14

The pair died near the corner Spencer and Bourke Streets. Picture Yuri Kouzmin <br />

The pair died near the corner Spencer and Bourke Streets.

Originally published as Woman, baby die in balcony fall


Woman and baby boy in 20th-floor death plunge: ‘Gut-wrenching scream’ as woman, 31, jumps from balcony of her luxury Melbourne apartment holding 4-month-old ‘believed to be her son’

 

  • Woman and baby plunged to their deaths from a balcony in Melbourne
  • The four-month-old boy is believed to have been her son
  • The father ‘collapsed in shock’ when he arrived at the Docklands building
  • Emergency services were unable to revive the woman, 31, and baby
  • The pair’s identities are yet to be determined as investigations continue

Witnesses heard a ‘gut-wrenching’ scream as a woman, 31, and a four-month-old baby boy died in an apparent murder-suicide when they plunged to their deaths from a balcony in central Melbourne.

The woman was carrying the baby, believed to be her son, when she took her own life at the City Point apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands.

Police confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths and a report would be prepared for the coroner

Witnesses heard 'gut-wrenching' screams after a woman, 31, and a four-month-old baby died when they plunged to their deaths from a balcony in central Melbourne. Police speak to a witness

Witnesses heard ‘gut-wrenching’ screams after a woman, 31, and a four-month-old baby died when they plunged to their deaths from a balcony in central Melbourne. Police speak to a witness

They say the pair fell from a balcony inside the 35-storey building about 10.30am on Thursday and died at the scene.

Police have also said a damaged balcony was not the cause of the woman and baby’s fall.

Their bodies were discovered in a courtyard of the building, where apartments have sold for more than $400,000.

The 31-year-old woman lived on the 20th floor with the baby boy’s father who is said to be devastated, according to Herald Sun.

He collapsed in shock when he arrived at the scene and was taken to hospital, 7 News reported.

Police are looking to establish if she had leapt to her death from a sixth-floor balcony, according to the ABC.

She is believed to have been holding the baby at the time.

Witness Christine Harms told The Age she heard someone yell out, ‘Oh no, oh no’, after the incident.

‘A lady went into the alleyway and then there was some screaming,’ Ms Harms said.

‘It was gut-wrenching to hear.’

The woman was carrying the baby when she took her own at the City Point apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands. Pictured are police at the scene

The woman was carrying the baby when she took her own at the City Point apartment building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets in Docklands. Pictured are police at the scene

Police say the pair plummeted from a balcony inside the 35-storey building about 10.30am on Thursday and died at the scene

Police say the pair plummeted from a balcony inside the 35-storey building about 10.30am on Thursday and died at the scene

Relatives and friends visited the apartment block early on Thursday afternoon.

A man who knew the woman said they were left shocked by the incident, adding: ‘We don’t know what happened.’

A Victoria Police spokesperson said initial investigations led them to believe the pair fell from an ‘internal balcony’.

‘The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined,’ she said.

Police were unable to confirm the relationship between the woman and baby.

Paramedics were also called to the scene but they were unable to revive the pair, a Victoria Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

More than a dozen uniformed and plain-clothed police and eight police cars closed off the scene – at one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections – with some taking bagged items out of the building.

Investigators started to leave shortly after 3pm and the footpath at the front of the building was reopened as police tape was removed.

Traffic detours were in place until about 1.30pm.

For confidential help, call Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Pictured is an apartment inside the City Point building on Bourke Street

Pictured is an apartment inside the City Point building on Bourke Street

She reportedly lived on the 20th floor but police are looking into if she leapt to her death from a sixth-floor balcony. Above is an image of another apartment at City Point

She reportedly lived on the 20th floor but police are looking into if she leapt to her death from a sixth-floor balcony. Above is an image of another apartment at City Point

The foyer inside the City Point building, where apartments have sold for more than $400,000

The foyer inside the City Point building, where apartments have sold for more than $400,000

The family of the woman, who lived on the 20th floor, are said to be devastated by the tragedy. Pictured is the City Point apartment building

View to a kill: the death of Jamie Gao


Jamie Gao murder: Rogerson and McNamara should be jailed for life, prosecutor says

Updated about 2 hours ago

The notorious corrupt former detective Roger Rogerson and his co-accused Glen McNamara should be jailed for life for the murder of drug dealer Jamie Gao, a Sydney court has been told.

Rogerson and McNamara are facing a sentencing hearing today, after being found guilty of murdering Sydney man Mr Gao during a drug deal at a Padstow storage facility on May 20, 2014.

Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57, pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Gao and dumping his body in waters off Cronulla the next day.

New South Wales Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the hearing in the NSW Supreme Court, life sentences have been applied in the past for contract killings.

“They together executed a young drug dealer for their financial gain. The contract killing is a category for which a life sentence can be given and has been given by this court over the years,” he said.

“There is no distinction between killing for payment … or killing for the purpose of financial gain, which is what this was about.

“This was a killing to enable both offenders to obtain the drug … colloquially known as ice … a drug that results in much crime itself.

“The attitude that both accused had towards the deceased after the murder amounted to a completely cold, calculated, lack of feeling, which was all about making him disappear.”

Mr Maxwell said the pair had used their “experience and training for the complete antithesis of what was intended”.

“There is nothing to suggest they would..not be a danger to society.”

Mr Maxwell told the judge the offence was made even more serious because of their intention to “obtain and distribute a drug that is a scourge of our society”.

The crown said the both men were part of a joint criminal enterprise and a great deal of thought was put into it.

“There is nothing ludicrously incompetent about this,” he said.

“There’s a boldness in Mr Rogerson’s attitude.”

He told the judge they planned to make sure Mr Gao’s body would disappear.

“They did everything to make that happen.”

Differing accounts of Gao’s death heard during trial

During the trial, both men denied pulling the trigger and instead pointed the blame at each other.

McNamara’s defence told the trial it was Rogerson who shot and killed Mr Gao before threatening McNamara and his family, forcing him to help dispose of the body.

Rogerson claimed the 20-year-old was killed during a struggle with McNamara and the student was dead on the floor when he entered the shed.

The trial was told by prosecutors both had given “far-fetched and unbelievable” versions of what happened.

Mr Gao told his cousin Justin Gao he was going to be involved in a massive drug deal with a man called ‘Glen’ that was going to make him rich.

He held a number of meetings with McNamara in the months before his death — McNamara claimed these meetings were for a book he was writing about Asian crime gangs.

This explanation was dismissed by prosecutors, who said McNamara and Rogerson were preparing for the killing.

Prosecutors told the court the crown did not have to prove which of the defendants killed Mr Gao, just that there was an agreement to kill or seriously injure the victim.

It took the jury just under a week to reach the verdicts.

Justice Geoffrey Bellew thanked them for their service and excused them from ever serving again, unless they wished to do so.


Surveillance camera footage creates a detailed timeline of the 2014 killing of Jamie Gao. 

Jamie Gao and Glen McNamara cctv stillEarly January, 2014 Jamie Gao and Glen McNamara meet up at least 27 times in the lead up to Gao’s death, often at the Meridian Hotel in Hurstville.

Rent a Space unit 803Early March, 2014  Roger Rogerson obtains keys to storage unit 803 at Rent a Space, Padstow, from a friend called Michael McGuire. Rogerson says he wanted to look at office furniture. Gao is eventually killed inside the shed.

April 27, 2014  A white Ford Falcon station wagon with number plates BV67PX is purchased ­at Outback Used Cars in Lethbridge Park. The car is later used to transport Gao’s body. Rogerson and McNamara deny involvement in the car’s acquisition, but Rogerson’s fingerprints are found on the receipt.

McNamara removes his 4.5 metre boat cctv stillMay 19, 2014  McNamara removes his 4.5 metre Quintrex boat from Hunter Self Storage at Taren Point without notifying staff. This is later used to dump Gao’s body at sea.

Rogerson and office chairs cctv stillMay 19, 3.15pm CCTV footage from Rent a Space captures Rogerson removing office chairs from storage unit 803 and placing them in the back of his silver Ford station wagon.

A white Nissan Silvia, consistant with Gao's car cctv stillMay 19, afternoon A white Nissan Silvia, consistent with Gao’s car, does a U-turn outside Rent a Space.

Jamie Gao and Glen McNamara Meridian Hotel, Hurstville cctv stillMay 19, 7.50pm  The night before Gao is killed, McNamara and Gao meet at the Meridian Hotel, Hurstville. The meeting lasts about 30 minutes.

McNamara walks to Cronulla Mall cctv stillMay 20, 11.37am McNamara uses a payphone in Cronulla Mall to call Gao. CCTV from Cold Rock Ice Creamery captures him walking towards to the phone.

McNamara opening and shutting the door cctv stillMay 20, 1.17pm Rogerson and McNamara drive in separate cars to Rent a Space. McNamara is seen opening and closing the door four times in nine minutes.

Gao walking down Arab Road cctv stillMay 20, 1.35pm Gao is seen walking down Arab Road, Padstow, dressed in dark-coloured clothes, towards a white Ford station wagon that McNamara is in.

McNamara at front gate cctv stillMay 20, 1,42pm McNamara drives to the front gate of Rent a Space and enters the gate code – his hood is up and sunglasses are on.

Gao getting out of a white Ford station wagon cctv stillMay 20, 1.46pm Gao is seen getting out of the back of a white Ford station wagon and shielded by McNamara as he slips into storage unit 803. It is the last time he is seen alive.

Rogerson opens the door cctv stillMay 20, 1.49pm Rogerson opens the door to storage unit 803 exactly three minutes and 16 seconds after Gao and McNamara entered.

McNamara comes out of unit cctv stillMay 20, 2.03pm McNamara comes out of the storage unit, retrieves a silver Ocean & Earth surfboard bag from the white Ford station wagon, and returns to the storage unit.

McNamara and Rogerson are both seen dragging surfboard cover cctv stillMay 20, 2.18pm McNamara and Rogerson are seen dragging a surfboard cover containing Gao’s body, and load it into the boot of the white Ford station wagon.

Rogerson and McNamara are seen buying a two tonne chain block cctv stillMay 20, about 4pm Rogerson and McNamara are seen at Kennards Hire in Taren Point, buying a two-tonne chain block that was later used to lift Gao’s body into McNamara’s boat.

Rogerson and McNamara share a six pack of James Boag's cctv stillMay 20, about 5.15pm A few hours after the killing, Rogerson and McNamara share a six-pack of beer at McNamara’s unit in McDonald St, Cronulla. (McNamara claims he only helped to dispose of Gao’s body because his life was threatened by Rogerson.) 

Quintrex Boat being towed cctv stillMay 21, 7.28am A Quintrex boat carrying the body of Gao and a blue tarpaulin leaves McNamara’s Cronulla unit block.

McNamara and Rogerson are seen in the lift cctv stillMay 21, 7.32am McNamara and Rogerson are seen carrying fishing rods in the lift of McNamara’s unit block.

Quintrex boat being towed cctv stillMay 21, 11.05am After disposing of Gao’s body, McNamara brings his Quintrex boat back to Hunter Self Storage at Taren Point.

McNamara at Kmart cctv stillMay 22 McNamara says he was so worried when he found 3kg of ice in his car that he went to Kmart and bought two pillowslips, a measuring jug and a spoon. He claims this was to “seal” the drugs to stop them from exploding.

detectives arrest McNamaraMay 25, 6.30pm Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives arrest McNamara at a vehicle stop at Kyeemagh. He is refused bail and appears at Kogarah Local Court the following day.

Jamie Gao afloat inside a surfboard bag 2.5 kilomtres off the shoreMay 26 Fishermen spot the body of Jamie Gao inside a surfboard bag wrapped in blue tarpaulin about 2.5 kilometres offshore of Shelley Beach, Cronulla.

Rogerson arrested at Padstow Heights homeMay 27, 11am Police swoop on Rogerson’s Padstow Heights home. He is escorted out in handcuffs and taken to Bankstown police station, where he is refused bail.

Bikie taskforce Echo raid Seabrook home in Melbourne’s west


 an hour ago

Bikie taskforce Echo police are currently executing warrants on a home in Melbourne’s west. Picture: Nicole Garmston

A SENIOR Mongol bikie has been arrested and a 3D printer seized during a raid in Melbourne’s west this morning.

Echo Taskforce detectives arrested two men and a woman, all with links to the Mongols OMCG, after raids in Seabrook and Oakleigh South earlier today.

A man arrested at the Seabrook property. Picture: Nicole Garmston

A woman is arrested during raids at the property. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Homes in Mintaro Way in Seabrook and Fleming Court in Oakleigh South were raided at 6am.

Ammunition, 3D printers, equipment for manufacturing firearms and a small amount of drugs were seized from the Seabrook property.

A 26-year-old Seabrook man and a 27-year-old Seabrook woman were arrested.

An allegedly stolen motorbike was seized from the Oakleigh South property and a 29-year-old man was arrested.

Middleton was bailed last month after he was arrested for drug and violence offences.

He was released with conditions a magistrate described as the “strictest she’s ever set”.

The 26-year-old’s partner Renee Comeadow was also arrested.

Evidence gathered in relation to bikies. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Police leave the scene with evidence. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Middleton was granted bail last month by magistrate Margaret Harding, who said he needed to be reunited with his family after five months on remand.

Ms Harding had wanted Middleton to hand in his bikie colours as a condition of bail, but backed away after she was told other bikies could threaten Middleton’s family because that was a “sign of disrespect”.

Police seized his Mongols vest this morning.

A police officer carrying a Mongols jacket leaves the scene. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Visitor outside the property. (black top)  Picture: Nicole Garmston

Middleton had told the magistrate he would not wear the club’s colours while on bail.

Other conditions included a $300,000 surety, daily reporting to police, a strict curfew, non association with witnesses and bikies.

Middleton, a father of a two-year-old, also promised to stay out of parts of Port Melbourne and Werribee as a condition of release.

Middleton and his partner Comeadow turned up at Sunshine Hospital at 8.15pm on November 1 last year after the OMCG member was shot in the knee.

Police arrived and searched Comeadow’s car where they allegedly found around 500 grams worth of ecstasy, a rubber gun grip and 4.2mm ammunition cartridges.

Middleton was charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of ecstasy and possession of ammunition.

Detective Senior Constable Andrew Broad, a member of the Echo Taskforce, told Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at the time that a search carried out at the couple’s home in Seabrook also resulted in officers finding a gun and a “substantial” amount of drugs.

Comeadow was charged with possessing a commercial quantity of ecstasy and storing ammunition after police searched her car at the hospital.

The search of the couple’s home allegedly uncovered a handgun and more drugs, the court heard.

Defence lawyer Sarah Pratt, representing Comeadow last year, said: “There is no allegation Ms Comeadow is in an OMCG.”

Police spokeswoman Melissa Seach said: “The warrant is part of an ongoing Echo Taskforce investigation in relation to perverting the course of justice.”

david.hurley@news.com.au

VISAS cancelled: Bikies protest at Federation Square

FEATURE: How we’re smashing outlaw bikie power

TARGETED: Outlaw bikie gangs feel heat

DRIVE-BY: Bikie war link to strip club shooting

SPECIAL: More outlaw bikie reports