Family members of Luke McAuliffe leave the Rockhampton court house after giving evidence in the murder trial of Kerryn Ann Young and Bradley Daniel Hill.
Family members of Luke McAuliffe leave the Rockhampton court house after giving evidence in the murder trial of Kerryn Ann Young and Bradley Daniel Hill. Kara Paradies

Threats heard in phone call the night before man's death

DURING a triple zero call the night before Luke McAuliffe's death, a man told police McAuliffe was going to be a "very sore boy in a couple of hours".

On Thursday, the Supreme Court in Rockhampton heard a recording of the phone call during the trial of Kerryn Ann Young and Bradley David Hill.

The caller was identified as Luke McClure, the brother of Darlene McClure.

The court has previously heard evidence from Darlene claiming she was in a sexual relationship with Hill, who was in an "on-off" relationship with Young.

During the call Mr McClure asked the operator if they were "after" Mr McAuliffe.

"If you want to get him he's out at the clubs ... I'm not far off going and getting him myself," he said in the call.

"He's back in town and he could be a very sore boy in a couple of hours."

Investigating officer Detective Senior Sergeant Matthew Columbus, from the Gladstone CIB, was yesterday questioned about the call by Hill's defence Barrister Greg McGuire.

Det Snr Sgt Columbus said McClure refused to make a statement and the matter was not taken any further.

Mr Columbus was also shown a number of photographs taken by police at Mr McAuliffe's house after his death.

In one photograph he identified a syringe with a bent plunger and the cap removed, found on the shelf of a cupboard in Mr McAuliffe's bedroom.



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