Body dumping tape reduces mum to tears

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

WATCHING the man accused of murdering her daughter, Nicole Leiske, lead police to her hidden re- mains was too much for Colleen Whiffen yesterday.

Ms Whiffen broke down in tears in Rockhampton Magistrates Court as she watched a video recording of Steven Roy Turner leading officers to Ms Leiske's remains in bushland near The Caves.

The evidence was played to the court as part of a two-week commit- tal hearing to decide if Turner will stand trial for Ms Leiske's murder.

Ms Whiffen needed to leave the courtroom after hearing Turner de- scribe to detectives how he dragged Ms Leiske's corpse in a suit bag to an isolated patch of bushland.

During the recording, Turner, handcuffed to a Rockhampton detec- tive, leads officers from B Thomas- sons Road at The Caves along a dirt track to the place where he dumped Ms Leiske's body.

After disposing of the body, the court heard Turner's car became bogged and he needed to call a friend to help him out of the bushland.

He later dumped some of Ms Leiske's property in bins at K?mart Plaza in Rockhampton.

On Tuesday the court heard Turner admitted to disposing of Ms Leiske's body in a June 2005 police interview but denied killing her. The court also heard from witness Mark Andrew Betts who claimed he heard Turner confess to the Febru- ary 2005 murder.

Yesterday afternoon witness Wal- ter John Flynn told how Turner be- came paranoid following a needle stick injury in late 2004.

"I don't know whether it was the medicine he was on but he was just paranoid. Every time a car drove past it was the cops and he was al- ways checking things for bugs (re- cording devices),'' he said.



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