'I feared for my life': witness
“I FEARED for my life sir. They would have killed me,” Crown witness Jason Weeding told a murder committal hearing when asked why he previously lied to police about his knowledge of the murder of Chinderah brothel owner Victor Elliot.
Mr Weeding, who is not charged with any crime, was giving evidence yesterday in a committal hearing against Tweed brothel owner Daniel Clayton Scott, 34, who faces charges of incite to murder; detaining for advantage and causing injury; and assault with intent to rob while armed with a dangerous weapon.
Mr Elliot was gunned down outside his newly built brothel in May 2000 by Mike Grupe and Dayal Utz, both clad in balaclavas and armed with a .22 hand gun and AK-47s.
Cross-examined by Scott’s defence counsel Wayne Flynn about why he “told lies” to police, Mr Weeding said he feared for his safety because he knew the pair had done a murder.
He said Utz “was definitely more dangerous. He was the loose cannon I believe sir”.
“He (Utz) would go from calm erupting into a raging personality like he had a split personality.”
The former army employee said less than a week after Mr Elliot’s murder Grupe was back in Townsville and confessed his role in the killing, telling him they had gone to do a job and it all went wrong, “Dayal (Utz) just went nuts”.
Mr Weeding said he took that to mean the murder wasn’t meant to happen.
Mr Weeding said he had been the driver of a stolen army vehicle used before the murder to do a “collection job” for Scott in December 1999 at a Mt Warning Road property, taking Utz and Grupe there to pick up money allegedly owed to Scott.
Magistrate Paul Lyons is expected to make a decision today on whether to commit Scott for trial.