Accused toolbox killer’s alleged confession
ONE of the eight people charged over the Logan toolbox double murder allegedly confessed to police but they didn't record it.
Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata is facing a committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court after being charged with the murders of Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru in February 2016.
Prosecutors allege the pair was beaten at a Kingston unit in a dispute over a drug debt before being bound and stuffed in the two-metre long box. Police allege they were then driven to the dam off a dead-end street and shot in the head while the box, which had holes drilled in it to help it sink, was allegedly thrown into the water.
Tahiata's co-accused Trent Michael Thrupp, Tepuna Tupuna Mariri, Webbstar Latu, Stou Daniels, Davy Malu Junior Taiao, Ngatokoona Mareiti and Waylon Ngaketo Cowan Walker are also facing a committal hearing over the murders. During cross-examination on Tuesday, Mr Tahiata's lawyer Ben Power questioned a homicide detective involved in the investigation.
Detective Senior Constable Christopher Kidd told the court that Mr Tahiata became emotional while in custody and offered to reveal where the bodies had allegedly been hidden. "I did it. I killed them," he claimed Tahiata told him.
Tahiata allegedly added: "I can show you where they are", the court heard.
The court heard the confession wasn't recorded but that Constable Kidd has provided a statement about it.
About an hour into Tuesday's hearing, Mr Tahiata and Mr Thrupp were committed to face trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
A date is yet to be fixed.
All accused murderers are in custody and the hearing continues.