Man beaten to death was not 'likeable', says prosecutor

THERE are too many coincidences for Shane Anthony Eric Hansen and Dean Mark Wills not to have killed Darren Britza, a court has been told.

Bundaberg man Mr Hansen and Mr Wills have pleaded not guilty at the Brisbane Supreme Court to Mr Britza's brutal 2001 Gold Coast murder.

Mr Britza was killed in an industrial shed run as a front for a drug dealer. The court heard two men, who Crown prosecutor Michael Cowan claims were Mr Hansen and Mr Wills, attacked Mr Britza in the shed.

Witnesses said his face had been "beaten in" before he was wrapped in a tarp and driven away. His body was found wrapped in a sheet and a tarp in 2008 buried under a bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The court heard Mr Hansen's white Holden Commodore wagon was found burnt out near where the body was found. Mr Hansen had reported the car stolen.

The court also heard Mr Hansen was seen with a sheet on the night Mr Britza was killed.

In his final arguments, Crown prosecutor Michael Cowan said those two pieces of evidence pointed to Mr Hansen's involvement.

"Individually someone might have their car stolen," Mr Cowan said.

"But all of these threads weave together."

Mr Hansen moved to Bundaberg after the alleged killing took place.

The court heard in a statement from Mr Britza's former partner that he had been domestically and sexually abusive towards her. She said Mr Britza was falsely claiming to be a member of the Odin's Warriors bike gang and had a lot of people looking for him.

But in his summing up, Mr Cowan said even though Mr Britza was not a "likable character" and may have been wanted by many, it "did not exonerate these two".

Mr Hansen and Mr Wills' defence lawyers are expected to sum of their cases today before the jury retires to consider its verdict. - ARM NEWSDESK


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