Jury discharged in Britza murder trial
AFTER a two-week trial a Brisbane Supreme Court jury declared it could not come to a unanimous verdict on the guilt of accused murderers Shane Anthony Eric Hansen and Dean Mark Wills.
The jury on Monday declared they did not believe they could reach a verdict before Justice Debra Mullins discharged them.
On Friday Justice Mullins had urged the jury to keep debating when they had initially declared they could not reach a unanimous decision.
Bundaberg man Mr Hansen, 36, left court on Monday on bail. The case will be heard again later this year.
Mr Hansen and Mr Wills are charged with the 2001 murder of Darren John Britza on the Gold Coast.
The court heard Mr Britza was brutally beaten in a Gold Coast industrial shed, a front for drug dealer Paul Dewar, in March 2001.
Two men, who prosecutor Michael Cowan, said were Mr Hansen and Mr Wills, arrived at the shed in a white Holden Commodore. They immediately attacked Mr Britza - with witnesses declaring his face had been left "beaten in".
Mr Britza was wrapped in a tarp and driven away in the back of the car.
Eight years later after heavy rain two fishermen found the body buried under a bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The day after the attack Mr Hansen's white Commodore was found on fire near where the body would be found.
But the court heard on the day Mr Britza was killed Mr Hansen was at his Gold Coast home "getting high". His car had been reported stolen on the day it was found.
The court heard many Gold Coast underworld figures had grudges against Mr Britza who was a drug addict, thief and benefits fraudster. He owed debts to a number of drug dealers, had turned on friends, and claimed he was a member of a bikie gang when he was not.
Mr Wills's lawyer Angus Edwards said he would be applying for bail at a later date. - ARM NEWSDESK