Britza murder jury fails to agree, will reconvene Monday

A JURY will reconvene on Monday for its third day of deliberating in the case of Shane Anthony Eric Hansen and Dean Mark Wills, who are accused of murder.

Mr Hansen, who moved to Bundaberg after the alleged killing, and Mr Wills have pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court, charged with murdering Darren John Britza on the Gold Coast in 2001.

The jury was sent home on Friday afternoon after stating it was unable to come to a verdict.

About 2.30pm on Friday, after nearly two days of deliberations, the jury declared it was unable to reach a unanimous conclusion.

Justice Mullins gave the jury a "Black direction", calling on them to continue deliberating and consider the areas where they were unable to decide.

"Experience has shown often juries are able to agree in the end," she said.

Justice Mullins said if the jury was still unable to reach a verdict, she could dismiss them.

After a further two hours of considering their verdict, the jury asked to reconvene on Monday morning.

The court had heard Mr Britza was brutally bashed in an industrial shed on the Gold Coast before his body was wrapped in a sheet and tarp and driven away. It was found buried under a bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland eight years later.

Mr Hansen and Mr Wills denied they were involved in the killing.

The court has heard the sheds in which the alleged murder took place were in fact a front for a drug operation where fights and assaults were commonplace.

Mr Hansen's white Commodore was found on fire the day after the alleged murder near the bridge where Mr Britza's body would, years later, be found. - ARM NEWSDESK


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