Singer Ricki Lee Coulter at a music awards ceremony in 2006 with Aaron Crawford.
Singer Ricki Lee Coulter at a music awards ceremony in 2006 with Aaron Crawford.

Accused killer former porn star cousin of Ricki-Lee Coulter

THE New Zealander charged with the murder of a missing father-of-two in Australia is a former porn star and cousin of pop star Ricki-Lee Coulter.

Aaron Crawford, 27, is suspected of killing Queensland builder Greg Dufty, 37, who was last seen three months ago and whose body has not been found.

Crawford was extradited from New Zealand yesterday and charged with the murder after arriving at Brisbane airport under police guard.

He will appear in court in Brisbane on charges of murder and interfering with a corpse.

Crawford has appeared at music award nights alongside his cousin, Ricki-Lee, who has previously appeared in Australian Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

He has been charged with the murder of the father-of-two alongside former bikie Lionel Patea - who is also accused of killing his ex-partner, New Zealand-born mother Tara Brown.

He first made headlines back in 2008 when he appeared online in X-rated photos. He is a cousin of Coulter and had attended a red carpet event with Coulter two years earlier.

New Zealand-born Tara Brown was found bludgeoned to death. Photo / Supplied
New Zealand-born Tara Brown was found bludgeoned to death. Photo / Supplied

 

When the pornographic photos were published he was wrongly identified in a photo as Coulter's husband.

The Bulletin reported that after the incident Crawford lost contact with Coulter. The singer's management company did not reply to requests for comment.

Patea, 24, was charged with the murder of the 24-year-old Gold Coast mother after allegedly running her off the road.

Police said Ms Brown was attacked while trapped in the wreckage down an embankment. It is alleged Patea used a cast-iron metal plate that had come loose from a footpath hydrant to hit her around the head until she was unrecognisable.

Queensland police said yesterday that Mr Dufty has not been seen since July.

Patea is already in custody and will appear in Southport Magistrates Court on November 11.

A former bikie, Patea has links to the Bandidos gang, but police say this affiliation is not connected to the alleged murder.

Greg Dufty went missing three months ago. His body has not been found.
Greg Dufty went missing three months ago. His body has not been found.

 

Detective Inspector Dave Hutchinson said Mr Dufty's family had been notified of the arrests and the search continued for his body.

"We've got some ideas but it's fair to say at this time we don't know where the body is and we haven't been able to locate it," Mr Hutchinson said.

"Certainly, we would dearly love to be able to locate the body and we would still make that public appeal; the fact that somebody's been charged makes no difference. We still believe there are people out there that know where the body is."



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