A Supreme Court jury in Brisbane has heard gruesome evidence about the final hours of two people whose bodies were found locked in a toolbox and submerged in a dam south of Brisbane.
- Iuliana Triscaru, 31, and Cory Breton, 28, were reported missing in late January 2016
- Four men on trial are among several people charged in relation to Ms Triscaru and Mr Breton’s deaths
- Their trial is expected to run for four weeks
Iuliana Triscaru, 31, and Cory Breton, 28, were reported missing in late January 2016 and their bodies located 18 days after they were reported missing.
Waylon Walker, Stou Daniels and Davy Taiao pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder on the first day of their Supreme Court trial.
Trent Thrupp pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder but guilty to the lesser charges of manslaughter — but the crown did not accept his plea.
Mr Daniels, Mr Taiao and Mr Thrupp also pleaded not guilty to two counts of torture.
In evidence today, a childhood friend of Mr Breton’s, Lelan Harrington, told the court he was at the Kingston unit where it was alleged the pair were tied up and tortured.
Mr Harrington told the court Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru spent hours on a couch tied up with duct tape and zip ties, before being forced into a toolbox.
He said at one stage he saw Ms Triscaru trying to escape, but she was stopped when Mr Harrington said he raised the alarm.
“As I got to bottom of the stairs I saw Trent [Thrupp] standing over her [Iuliana Triscaru] [and] blood was coming from her mouth,” Mr Harrington told the court.
“She’s crying and trying to struggle and they rolled her onto her stomach.
“D-lock [Davy Taiao] came over with zip tie and put it around her neck.”
Mr Harrington told the court Ms Triscaru continued to struggle as one of the men tried to close the lid of the toolbox
“He starts slashing at her arms [with a knife] — I could hear banging on the toolbox,” he told the hearing.
Mr Harrington told the court he continued to hear kicking and screaming as the toolbox was put on the back of a ute parked in the garage.
“They almost dropped it … I tried to lift it and it was way too heavy for me,” he said.
Mr Harrington told the court two men drove the ute to a dam where it was submerged.
‘Begging for their lives’
He said he later asked Mr Thrupp about the pair’s final moments.
“He told me they were begging for their lives and that he shot them both in the head,” Mr Harrington told the court.
“He said the toolbox kept floating, so they used tyres and stones.”
Mr Harrington said Mr Thrupp also told him: “I don’t know why we had to do that to her [Ms Triscaru]. I broke the one rule my mother gave me and that was to never hurt a woman.”
Mr Harrington told the court he burnt the ute and then went into hiding at his uncle’s place.
He said he was tracked down by police while visiting his sister at Browns Plains.
“I just told them everything,” he said.
Mr Harrington said he was charged with deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm, but served no time in prison.
In his opening address, crown prosecutor David Meredith said Ms Triscaru and Mr Breton died from either asphyxiation or drowning.
Mr Harrington will be cross-examined by the defence later today.
The trial is expected to run for four weeks.