An ex-lawyer has told a court he was asked by the man accused of killing Jake Anderson-Brettner about how to dispose of a body just a day before the alleged murder.
An ex-lawyer has told a court he was asked by the man accused of killing Jake Anderson-Brettner about how to dispose of a body just a day before the alleged murder.

Accused killer grilled lawyer on best way to dispose of body

A FORMER Launceston lawyer has told court he was asked by the man accused of killing Jake Anderson-Brettner about how to dispose of a body a day before the alleged murder.

Adrian Hall appeared as a witness at the Launceston Supreme Court on Thursday and said he met with Jack Vincent Harrison Sadler on August 14, 2018 at the Star Bar.

He told the court Mr Sadler had "asked if someone is a missing person do they stay a missing person with police until they find the body".

Mr Hall said they spoke about some of his former cases and Mr Sadler had asked "if you were to dispose of a body where would be a good place to put it" and they had discussed the disposal of bodies down mine shafts.

Mr Hall said he told Mr Sadler it was generally suggested "Rossarden was a good place to dispose of a body".

During cross examination defence counsel Greg Richardson asked if people asked Mr Hall about former cases and he responded it happened on "an almost daily basis".

"He didn't say he was intending to kill someone?" Mr Richardson asked.

"No," Mr Hall responded.

Mr Hall told the court Mr Sadler had sought to meet with him to discuss a charge of driving with an illicit drug in his system.

Mr Sadler, 29, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Anderson-Brettner, 24, at his Riverside home on August 15, 2018.

He is accused of shooting Mr Anderson-Brettner three times before cutting off his head, arms and legs, disposing of the torso off an embankment in the Sideling and putting the other body parts in garbage bags and disposing them in wheelie bins around the Launceston area.

Senior Constable Peter McCarron who was working with forensic services when he attended the Dion Crescent property on August 16, 2018 told the court there was "an overwhelming smell of bleach and cleaning products" at the house.

 

Tasmania Police search the Remount Road tip in Launceston in relation to Jake Daniel Anderson-Brettner. Picture: BRUCE MOUNSTER
Tasmania Police search the Remount Road tip in Launceston in relation to Jake Daniel Anderson-Brettner. Picture: BRUCE MOUNSTER

 

It was also revealed in court a text message sent from Mr Sadler's phone five days before its alleged he killed Mr Anderson-Brettner said "I'm going to flog" him.

The message was sent to acquaintance Michael Jenkins, a relative of Mr Anderson-Brettner's fiancee Katlyn Roney.

Mr Jenkins then responded "you should have done that a long time ago."

The court was told Mr Sadler had previously worked as an apprentice for Mr Jenkins at his painting business in 2018, finishing in May of that year and Mr Anderson-Brettner had owed Mr Jenkins $4000 for a motorcycle he had purchased from him.

Under questioning from Mr Richardson Mr Jenkins denied the money had been owed for illicit drugs.

Mr Jenkins said he had met with Ms Roney after she called him about 3am on August 16, 2018 and had driven her around to look for her fiance Mr Anderson-Brettner.

 

Jake Daniel Anderson-Brettner.
Jake Daniel Anderson-Brettner.

 

Later that day he had met with Mr Sadler outside his house and followed him in his car.

Mr Jenkins said he thought they were heading to a paint job at a kebab shop that had previously been discussed, but they went to a storage shed in Legana.

He said Mr Sadler had brought him there "to look at a pump".

Mr Richardson asked if it was a pill press used to manufacture illicit drugs.

"Couldn't tell you," Mr Jenkins responded.

The court was told of a text message sent from Sadler's phone to Mr Jenkins in June 2018, "got some s****s who want to pay 20, going to pay $20 each, if he makes some excuse they are no good or his customers fell through I'm going to cut his toes off, had enough of being f****ed around by Brettner and Rowan."

During his cross examination Mr Richardson asked what the money was for Mr Jenkins said "it was probably for drugs".

The court was also told Mr Anderson-Brettner had collected a bag he had asked his friend Thomas Larissey to store for him at his house at about 6.30pm on August 15, 2018.

It's alleged he was killed at Mr Sadler's house at about 7.30pm that night.

The case continues before Justice Robert Pearce.

Originally published as Accused killer grilled lawyer on best ways to dispose of body



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