Witness: I saw murder suspect put body in ute
A KEY witness in a murder trial has said he was with the accused killer when he placed the body in the back of a ute.
Andrew Kuiper told Brisbane Supreme Court he had travelled to a spot along the Coominya Connection Rd with mates Jamie Rex Teichmann and Michael Ambrose to find the body.
He said Teichmann had told them he had just killed Michael Desmond Manson, 48.
Teichmann has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Manson in the early hours of December 9, 2010.
"I thought he was only joking, so I said let's go have a look," Kuiper said. "I saw Manson lying on the ground. I went to (help move the body) but I couldn't do it.
"So Jamie told me to get out of the way."
Kuiper said Teichmann and Ambrose lifted the body into the tray of Mr Manson's blue utility, which they then dumped near Atkinsons Dam.
"Since that night I've been drinking constantly," he said.
"It's not something you forget very easily."
Kuiper said Teichmann told him he had earlier words with Manson and then had fought him on a roadside soon after.
Kuiper said Teichmann told him Mr Manson had said: "I thought you could hit harder than that".
"Jamie's given it back to him," he told the court.
"He punched the crap out of him and stomped all over him. He said he killed him, not that he was dead."
Under cross-examination from defence barrister Bruce Mumford, Kuiper agreed he had drunk more than 20 drinks that night and his recollection could be impaired.
He agreed he had first told police he thought Mr Manson was still alive on arrival - that he thought he had just been "knocked out".
Kuiper told police the plan was to put him in his ute to let him sleep it off.
He told the court he gave that version because he was "confused" and "didn't want to admit what had happened".
"I wanted to believe it was true," he said. "It was something I couldn't imagine."
Kuiper said the final version he gave police, the one he told the court, was the truth.
The trial continues.