Accused killer: 'bondage went wrong'

ACCUSED killer Steven Roy Turner yesterday said he lied to police about gluing Nicole Leiske's eyes closed because a fellow inmate told him it was the best thing to do.

He said inmate Lee Owen Henderson, known at the Capricornia Correctional Centre as “The General”, suggested Turner could make a “mental health” claim if he told police he glued Leiske's eyes closed when she was dead.

Turner had been charged with murdering Ms Leiske, whose skeleton was found in May, 2005.

Yesterday Turner took the witness stand in Rockhampton Supreme Court, where he is on trial for murder.

He told the jury he had bondage sex with Ms Leiske and left her tied up at his house, but when he returned she was dead. Turner said he freaked out and dumped Ms Leiske's body in a creek bed at The Caves. But he said she had agreed to having her arms zip-tied and her mouth gagged.

After telling police he glued Ms Leiske's eyes shut and lit lighter fluid in her belly button, Turner said he instructed his solicitors at the time to make an application to the mental health tribunal.

Turner yesterday said he later withdrew the application.

The defence yesterday produced a letter Turner wrote to police in 2007, which alleges two inmates asked Turner to confess to the murder while they were wearing a recording device.

Turner said the inmates offered him financial reward if he agreed.

He said he wrote the letter because he wanted to expose the “type of inducement used by police”.

He said he first met Ms Leiske on December 28, 2004, and that night had let her borrow some of his drugs.

The day before Ms Leiske died, Turner said, they had bondage sex at his place where Ms Leiske agreed to have her hands zip-tied behind her back, and her mouth gagged with a ball.

After intercourse Turner said he left the house and left Ms Leiske tied up and her mouth gagged.

“Nicole was breathing. She never kicked her feet to let me know she was in distress,” he said.

Turner said when he returned Ms Leiske was dead and he said her tongue was caught in the back of her throat.

He said he was in shock and took her body to The Caves, dragged her down a creek bed and dumped her.

Turner said when he got back to Rockhampton he told a man he had found Ms Leiske dead.

Turner said the man told him to find her key card and use it to make it look like Ms Leiske was still alive, which Turner said he did.

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