Woman murdered mum's ex: court
A WOMAN, who claimed to "own Beenleigh", orchestrated an attack on her mother's former boyfriend because he had been abusive towards her family, a court has been told.
Michelle Josephine Warren, 31, allegedly pacified her concerned mother by assuring her she had "a lot of influence" in their hometown and knew how to "take care of things".
Warren now faces trial in the Supreme Court for the alleged murder of Brian Bathgate.
Friends Brett Andrew Seymour, 25, and Adam Kenneth Terry, 44, are also charged with murdering the 55-year-old.
All have pleaded not guilty.
Crown Prosecutor Sarah Farnden said in her opening address that Warren claimed Bathgate had raped and bashed her mother.
The prosecution alleges Warren procured or counselled Seymour and Terry to murder Bathgate at his home.
"There was animosity and a sense of grievance by Warren," Ms Farnden said.
Bathgate owned a nursery business at Mount Warren Park and lived in a caravan behind the business.
The court heard Seymour and Terry allegedly went to the caravan on the night of August 20, 2009, and stabbed Bathgate before cutting his throat.
The pair then allegedly took Mr Bathgate's body in the back of his ute to a canefield on the Logan River at Eagleby and Terry doused the vehicle in petrol and lit it.
Later that day, Terry and another man fled to the Gold Coast and stayed in a hotel room where they had sex with two prostitutes before returning home, Ms Farnden alleged.
Police discovered Mr Bathgate's charred remains in the back of the ute on August 21, 2009.
Seymour's defence barrister Angus Edwards said Bathgate had a history of violence and had once ruptured his former wife's spleen.
Mr Edwards told the jury there was no evidence Bathgate's throat had been slit or that he was stabbed multiple times.
Mr Edwards did not dispute Seymour's DNA found at the scene or his involvement in Bathgate's death but said being involved in a death did not mean murder.