Woodchipper homicide trial: Queensland property proprietor tells Bruce Saunders accident did not make sense

The proprietor of the property the place Bruce Saunders’ physique was present in a woodchipper says it did not make sense after asking questions concerning the horrific demise, a court docket has heard.

At first, Sharon Beighton was in shock when advised Bruce Saunders had fallen right into a woodchipper in a ‘horrible accident’ on her property.

However Ms Beighton later thought it did not make sense after asking Gregory Lee Roser concerning the tragedy, she advised the Brisbane Supreme Court docket.

Roser, 63, and Sharon Graham, 61, had been charged with homicide after Mr Saunders, 54, died whereas engaged on Ms Beighton’s property north of Brisbane in November 2017.

Bruce Saunders, (pictured) died on a rural Queensland property North of Brisbane in November 2017. The 54-year-old was allegedly murdered and fed by a woodchipper

Graham is accused of asking Roser and one other man Peter Koenig to kill Mr Saunders and make it appear to be an accident to assert his $750,000 life insurance coverage coverage.

Ms Beighton had fallen asleep whereas Mr Saunders, Roser and Koenig had been clearing timber on her property close to Gympie earlier than she was woken up abruptly.

She stated when she went exterior, Koenig appeared in shock and Roser seemed like he was vomiting.

‘I bear in mind…pondering the place’s Bruce?’ Ms Beighton advised the court docket on Tuesday.

‘Peter stated ‘there’s been a horrible accident’. Greg stated to me ‘I attempted to save lots of him, I attempted to drag him out … he went by the chipper’.’

Ms Beighton stated she was shocked police had not been known as however was advised Roser’s cellphone had no reception.

She advised the jury her property had a ‘nice’ reception.

Nonetheless, Ms Beighton stated Roser later advised her that he had known as Graham ‘down on the chipper’ to inform her what occurred, and needed to ring an ambulance for her as a result of ‘her blood stress went by the roof’.

Property owner Sharon Beighton recalled her shock after being told Mr Saunders had fallen into the woodchipper (pictured) in a 'terrible accident' but later realized it didn't make sense after asking questions about the tragedy

Property proprietor Sharon Beighton recalled her shock after being advised Mr Saunders had fallen into the woodchipper (pictured) in a ‘horrible accident’ however later realized it did not make sense after asking questions concerning the tragedy

When Roser and Koenig returned from the police station the place they offered a press release, Ms Beighton stated she requested what had occurred.

She stated Roser advised her Mr Saunders had been an ‘absolute fool on the day’ and had been ‘standing on the chipper, leaning again into it’.

Roser additionally advised her Mr Saunders had been ‘woozy’ and bleeding that day after being struck on the pinnacle by a falling department.

Nonetheless, Ms Beighton stated she had seen Mr Saunders earlier and he appeared in good well being.

‘I did not see any blood on Bruce so to me it did not make sense. I believe I used to be in shock (so) I did not assume to query quite a lot of issues till later,’ she stated.

Graham was in a ‘love quadrangle’ with Roser, Koenig and Mr Saunders, plotting the latter’s homicide for months, the court docket heard.

Gregory Lee Roser, 63, (left) and Sharon Graham, 61 (right) are standing trial for the murder of Mr Saunders.  Graham is accused of asking Roser and another man Peter Koenig to kill Mr Saunders and make it look like an accident to claim his $750,000 life insurance policy

Gregory Lee Roser, 63, (left) and Sharon Graham, 61 (proper) are standing trial for the homicide of Mr Saunders. Graham is accused of asking Roser and one other man Peter Koenig to kill Mr Saunders and make it appear to be an accident to assert his $750,000 life insurance coverage coverage

Ms Beighton’s granddaughter advised the jury Graham would make a ‘large deal’ about how a lot cash Mr Saunders had and that ‘he would die first and he or she would get every little thing’.

Keira-Lee Beighton confirmed Graham additionally stated ‘it is not my fault that he loves me and desires to offer me every little thing’.

Nonetheless, former work colleagues stated Mr Saunders was in debt and needed to borrow cash to take care of Graham’s way of life however by no means talked about it to his accomplice for worry of shedding her.

Keren Armstrong stated Mr Saunders would ring in tears telling her Graham had hit him.

One other colleague Christeena Grills stated a month earlier than his demise a ‘distraught’ Mr Saunders had rung saying Graham was verbally abusive.

The property owner said Roser told her Mr Saunders had been 'woozy' and bleeding that day after being struck on the head by a falling branch.  However, she said she had seen Mr Saunders earlier and he appeared in good health. she was surprised when police had not been called and was told Roser's (pictured, being arrested in Queensland) phone had no reception despite it being used to call Graham to tell her what had happened

Ms Beighton stated she was shocked when police had not been known as and was advised that Roser’s cellphone had no reception regardless of him utilizing his cellphone to name an ambulance for Graham after he known as and advised her what had occurred (pictured, Roser being arrested in Queensland)

Mr Saunders had additionally advised her Graham was ‘domineering and controlling’ and that he was ‘fairly afraid of her’, the court docket heard.

Ms Grills stated Graham had advised Mr Saunders a former accomplice ‘knew individuals who knew easy methods to make somebody disappear’.

Graham would additionally demand cash, with Mr Saunders at one stage ‘caving in’ and paying her $11,000, the court docket heard.

When Ms Grills steered he depart Graham, Mr Saunders advised her ‘I do know I’ve to’ however he did not know easy methods to do it.

Roser and Graham have pleaded not responsible to homicide.

The trial earlier than Justice Martin Burns continues.

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