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Shooting accused worried police comfit looked like him

Donald Charles Graham allegedly asked asked a friend not to distribute a police comfit because he was worried it looked like him.
Donald Charles Graham allegedly asked asked a friend not to distribute a police comfit because he was worried it looked like him.

A TWEED Heads man who has already been sentenced for his role in a shooting has denied trying to shift the blame after seeing a police comfit in a newspaper saying he was the gunman responsible.

Donald Charles Graham told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday at first he denied all knowledge to police surrounding a shooting on November 26, 2011, on the Gold Coast where a man was ambushed and shot at three times.

His mate, Robert Kingsley Corowa, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Marko Marjanovic - his former girlfriend Louise Ray's new lover.

Mr Corowa drove with a private investigator all the way to Toowoomba, where he saw Ms Ray pick up Mr Marjanovic, and then followed them back to Robina.

The court has heard Mr Corowa texted Mr Graham and asked him to bring his "clothes" from his house at Cabarita, which he understood to mean a sawn-off shotgun.

Graham tricked Mr Marjanovic out of the Robina house after telling his mother someone was looking at his car.

When Mr Marjanovic walked out of the house he was fired upon three times - with the third shot hitting his shoulder.

Graham told the court he became aware he was a suspect in the shooting several months later when a friend sent him a text message containing a police comfit of the person they believed was responsible.

He asked his friend not to distribute it because he was concerned someone would recognise that it "looked a lot like me" and phone Crime Stoppers.

Graham said shortly afterwards Coolangatta police detectives phoned him.

Defence barrister Megan Cusack asked Graham was it during that interview with detectives he decided to pin the shooting on her client.

"You were concerned at a newspaper headline that said 'Do you know this gunman?" she said.

"I was concerned at being labelled the shooter," Graham said.

"So when police gave you a different option you took it?" Ms Cusack asked.

"At first I did not take the option," Graham said.

"Did police say to you at any stage they knew Mr Corowa was the shooter and they wanted you to dob him in," Ms Cusack asked.

"Yes," Graham said.

"Did the police say to you that Mr Corowa was a mongrel of a guy and they wanted to lock him away?" Ms Cusack asked.

Graham agreed.

The trial before Justice Martin Daubney continues.

Topics:  murder, toowoomba, tweed heads



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