Witness: Murder accused made call

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

ACCUSED murderer Joseph Garrett Button was overheard saying he needed to get out of Queensland just one day after Rockhampton's Griffin children were killed, a murder trial heard yesterday.

Former Monto Service Station attendant Lorraine Baldwin took the stand in the Supreme Court, claiming Button stopped at her service station about 2pm on October 16, 2001.

She said Button made an agitated phone call on the station's public phone in which he also mentioned a rape. "He said: 'I need my solicitor, somebody has been raped, my mum won't take my calls, I need to get the .... out of the state, I need you to get my mother to call my solicitor'.''

Button has pleaded not guilty to murdering Russell, 13, and Kimberley, 9, Griffin and throwing their bodies off a cliff in Mt Archer National Park on October 15, 2001.

He has also pleaded not guilty to raping Kimberley.

Button was intercepted by police at Murgon, near Kingaroy, about 8pm on October 16.

It is alleged he earlier fled Rockhampton with his family.

The court heard a police recording of the minutes following the interception in which Button asks if the Griffin children have been found and claims he had been trying to help Russell.

"He's been kicked out of school so I've been giving him spiritual help,'' Button said.

He also alleged police had conspired to tarnish his name and even kill him.

"They've trying to discredit me ... to kill me, a car? They should have used a gun.



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