"Drug dealer" admits helping to bury a friend's body in the scrub after allegedly being hacked to death with an ax – but blames a one-time ISIS fighter for his death
- Samuel Thompson found dead in a shallow grave in a forest north of Brisbane
- Roberto Vincenzo Boscaino admits that he helped bury the body, but says he didn't kill him
- The accused and one-time ISIS fighter Ashley Dyball is responsible for the death
A man says he helped bury a friend's body in a pine forest, but wasn't the one who killed him.
Roberto Vincenzo Boscaino says the person responsible is his co-accused Ashley Dyball, a one-time anti-Islamic state fighter in Syria.
The couple are accused of murdering another trader, Samuel Thompson, whose body was found in a shallow grave in a forest north of Brisbane about a month after his disappearance in 2017.
Dyball has been charged, but has yet to be brought to justice.
Samuel Thompson (pictured) was found dead one month after his disappearance in 2017
Boscaino admits that he was involved in a cover-up after finding Mr. Thompson dead outside his house because he feared Dyball.
Mr. Thompson earned thousands of dollars by selling cannabis from his Brisbane home, stowing away cash, and buying a new Ford Mustang with the proceeds, as the Queensland Supreme Court hearing heard.
When his supplier tried to raise the price, Mr. Thompson was looking for a new source, friends of Mr. Thompson told the process.
The trial has heard that Samuel Thompson (second from right) may have been killed from neck injuries associated with strangulation or a blow from an ax on his face, or both. He is pictured with his mother Debbie, father Bruce and sister Courtney
The Crown says this search led Mr. Thompson to Boscaino's house on March 7, 2017.
He met both Boscaino and Dyball and was never seen alive again.
Boscaino says Dyball and Mr. Thompson went outside and heard a sound, defender Tony Glynn said in court on Wednesday.
After investigating, Boscaino said he found Dyball in the driver's seat of Mr. Thompson's Mustang.
Mr. Thompson was on the ground, apparently dead, partially under the Mustang, Boscaino said.
Boscaino claims Dyball told him he "knocked" Mr. Thompson and said he had to do it.
Mr. Thompson was last seen in March 2017 when he left his Albion apartment
Boscaino says he tried to refuse to cover up the murder, but feared Dyball.
The couple brought Mr. Thompson's body into where Dyball slapped his face with an ax, Boscaino told the court.
The trial has heard that Mr. Thompson may have been killed from neck injuries that involved strangulation or a blow from an ax on his face, or both.
Boscaino pleaded not guilty to murder nine days ago.
He offered to plead guilty to an alternative indictment of being an accessory after the murder, but the Crown rejected the deal.
Boscaino pleaded guilty to having disturbed a body.
At the trial before his death, Samuel Thompson sold cannabis from his home in Brisbane, kept bundles of money, and bought a new Ford Mustang (similar to the one pictured).
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