When you have a broken down car that can’t be repaired, it can’t even be fixed in a month, according to a man who has been jailed for more than six months for the alleged killing of his girlfriend.
The 46-year-old man, who has not been named, was convicted of murder in April after a judge heard the victim’s mother was in the process of filing a claim against him.
He had pleaded guilty to the murder of her friend, Samantha Dickson, but the case has been referred to the Queensland Supreme Court, which is expected to deliver a verdict in the coming weeks.
It was the second murder trial for the man, and the first for a woman in Queensland’s central coast.
The trial heard that Dickson had gone out for a night out with a friend to watch a film at a local bar on May 31, 2018.
It is believed she was drinking with her then-boyfriend at the bar.
The night ended with Dickson walking back to her apartment on the Gold Coast’s northern beaches with a smashed car, and Dickson’s body in the boot.
Dickson’s mother claimed she was sexually assaulted and raped by the man.
Her case was referred to court on the advice of her lawyer, but that decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Mr Dickson was not present at the hearing and was unavailable for comment.
His lawyer told the court that the man had been drinking at the time of the alleged attack.
“He had been there for a while.
The car had been damaged and the vehicle had been broken down,” he said.”
This was an accident, not an intentional act.”‘
He’s not a monster’The court heard the man drove to the beach and then dropped his victim off.
“She was conscious when he pulled her off the beach,” Mr Dickson said.
But the court heard that when the car was found, it was in a bad state and was covered in mud.
The court also heard that the car had no tags or identification on it, and that it was parked on the sandbar at a beach that was off limits to vehicles.
Mr Justice Andrew Toner described the car as “disposable”.
He also described the defendant as “a person of low moral character”, and noted that the victim had previously been assaulted by another man.
“His behaviour towards her, and his behaviour towards the victim, was clearly unacceptable,” he wrote.
“It is difficult to see how this defendant would have been justified in believing that his actions were in the victim in any reasonable way.”
The court has previously heard that Mr Denton was raped by another young woman, but there is no evidence of any physical abuse by the other woman.
The woman’s mother also said her daughter had suffered a “catastrophic loss”.
“It was a horrible experience for her, she was going through a lot at the same time,” she told the Court.
“I’m just disappointed that she didn’t come home.
She didn’t have any warning.”
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