Jury to consider verdict
A JURY is expected to retire Friday to decide whether Steven Roy Turner is guilty of murdering Nicole Leiske.
Turner, 34, is accused of killing Ms Leiske in February, 2005. Turner admitted to police he dumped her body in a creek at The Caves, but pleaded not guilty to her murder.
It is alleged Turner told police that before Ms Leiske died the pair had had consensual bondage sex.
Turner told the court he tied Ms Leiske's hands behind her back with a zip-tie and gagged her mouth.
He said he lied to police about gluing Ms Leiske's eyes closed because a fellow inmate advised him to do so. Turner said the inmate had told him he could then make a “mental health” plea.
It is alleged Turner told police he poured lighter fluid into Ms Leiske's bellybutton and lit it and also jabbed her backside to test if she was alive.
After two weeks of evidence, Crown Prosecutor Richard Pointing will give his final submissions to the jury this morning.
Yesterday defence barrister Frank Martin told the court Turner admitted he lied to police about gluing Ms Leiske's eyes closed.
Two of Turner's fellow prison inmates also gave evidence yesterday.
Kenneth Norris, who told the court he had spent 26 of the last 28 years in prisons, said he and Turner were “good mates”.
He said Turner “kept to himself mainly” and never spoke about his case to anyone.