New twist in brothel murder

THE man accused of masterminding the killing of Tweed Heads radiographer and brothel boss Victor Elliot is in custody, more than eight years after the violent murder took place.

Banora Point man Daniel Clayton Scott, 34, was placed under arrest at the Tweed Heads Police Station at 6.45pm on Tuesday night.

He appeared in Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday charged with being an accessory before the fact to murder, accessory before the fact to detain for advantage and accessory before the fact to assault with intent to rob while armed.

The court heard Scott allegedly organised the killing and paid former army officers Mike Anthony Grupe and Dayal Utz to carry it out.

Grupe and Utz gunned down Elliot using AK-47 assault rifles outside his Chinderah brothel in May of 2000.

Last November Grupe was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years jail for the murder, but Utz was shot dead by Grupe and never faced trial.

Brooke Wintermale, from Price Roobottom lawyers at Southport, argued Scott should be allowed bail, however the police prosecutor Sergeant Bob Hanzic requested the accused be kept in custody.

In an indication that Scott may plead not guilty to the charges, Mr Winter said the prosecution's case was based upon statements and interviews which were "hearsay upon hearsay".

Mr Winter said the crime had been investigated since May 2000, and in that time there had been no allegation that Scott ever made an attempt at retaliation against witnesses.

He also said Scott had no previous convictions, was willing to appear at the Tweed Heads Police Station on a daily basis, hand over his passport and pay a $100,000 surety if allowed bail.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said the case against Scott was serious and refused the application for bail.

Scott will appear at the Lismore courthouse for mention on July 27.

Outside the court at Murwillumbah, Mr Elliot's widow, Dallas Cameron, told reporters she was relieved Scott was refused bail.

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