Murder victim Nicole Leiske
Murder victim Nicole Leiske

Accused admits: I dumped her body



ACCUSED murderer Steven Roy Turner admitted dumping the body of Nicole Leiske in bushland at The Caves, a court heard yesterday.

A committal hearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court was yesterday played a video of a police interview in which Turner details how he disposed of the body in February 2005.

He did not admit to murdering Leiske, instead telling police that he found her body in his Rockhampton house.

Turner has been charged with murder and interfering with a corpse and has not been required to enter a plea.

In the interview Turner said that he placed Ms Leiske's body inside a suit bag, put it in the boot of his car and drove to a patch of remote bushland where he dumped it. ?

Turner also admitted to taking Ms Leiske's ATM card and using it to withdraw money on a trip to New South Wales.

Earlier the court heard from self-proclaimed standover man Mark Andrew Betts, 35, who said he had heard Turner confess to killing Leiske.

"I was sitting at (a friend's) house one day when Toss (Turner) came in and said he had killed the bitch,'' Mr Betts said.

He said that at the time Turner was in a nervous, agitated state with scratches on him.

The next time he met Turner, the accused told him a different story.

"He tried telling me that they were brother and sister and that she had gone home to her mothers and she was fine,'' Mr Betts said.

Mr Betts said his services were in demand among the city's drug dealers, one of whom wanted protection "from people like (Turner)''.

The court heard Ms Leiske played an active role in the city's drug scene.

Under cross-examination from Turner's defence barrister, Jeff Clarke, Mr Betts said he had a criminal record in the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland.

He told the court he had not been offered indemnity from prosecution in testifying against Turner.

Mr Betts said he was a regular drug user at the time, consuming a minimum of a couple of grams of methamphetamines a week but said he was since reformed.

The hearing continues.



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