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Brisbane toolbox murder accused confessed twice, court told

A man accused of murdering two drug dealers, who were forced into a toolbox and dumped in a creek, confessed to police twice within 24 hours.

Cory Breton’s and Iuliana Triscaru’s decomposing bodies were found in a large metal box at Scrubby Creek, south of Brisbane, on February 11, 2016.

Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 28, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the pair after they were lured to a townhouse in Kingston 18 days earlier and assaulted by a group of his mates.

Iuliana Triscaru and Cory Breton (right) (Supplied)

But prosecutor David Meredith says the concrete worker confessed to police twice and a jury should convict him.

“If you put someone in a locked toolbox … and put it in water so it sinks, then you can have only one intent and that is the intent to kill,” he told the Brisbane Supreme Court trial during his closing argument.

Mr Meredith said Tahiata first confessed to detectives on February 10 and initially told them he had acted alone, saying he wouldn’t “snitch” on his friends.

“(But) after sitting in the watch-house overnight, 24 hours or so, he calls back (the officers) and tells what the prosecution says is not only the logical story, but the true story,” he said.

A court sketch of murder accused Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata during his trial at the Supreme Court in Brisbane. (AAP)

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Mr Meredith reminded the jury Tahiata had admitted to helping the men load the toolbox onto his Toyota Hilux ute at the townhouse.

He then told the officers he drove to the creek with a man named Trent Thrupp, where he helped pull the toolbox off his car, he said.

“When he hears (Thrupp) say ‘time to die’ he knows, if he doesn’t already know, (Thrupp) intends to kill (Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru) and he does nothing except help,” Mr Meredith said.

Mr Meredith said Tahiata may not have thought up the idea to take the pair to the creek or had a motive to kill the pair.

“And he might not have actually put the toolbox in the water, but he’s still guilty of murder,” he said.

© AAP 2020

Source: 9News

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