Lees in Darwin for trial

#1
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/lees-in-darwin-for-trial/2005/10/14/1128796710163.html

LOOKING nervous and tired, Joanne Lees flew into sweltering Darwin yesterday ahead of Monday's trial of the man accused of kidnapping her and murdering her backpacker boyfriend, Peter Falconio.

Unlike other times when she has arrived in Darwin, Ms Lees, 32, from Sussex in north-east England, did not try to hide from the media, walking silently to a police car that took her to a secret address.

Ms Lees is expected to be one of the first witnesses in the Supreme Court trial of Broome truck driver Bradley John Murdoch, who is charged with murdering 28 year-old Mr Falconio on a lonely stretch of the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory on July 14, 2001.

Murdoch will also stand trial on charges of assaulting Ms Lees and depriving her of her liberty.
Everytime I read over this case, something feels 'wrong'. It was worse when Falconio first disappeared , I just couldn't shake the feeling she was being "economical with the truth" . I even had a very vivid dream about it at the time, and went as far as to send an e-mail to the local fuzz describing the dream. (In my defence, it was an Arrser that made me do it)

Got a very nice email back from Ozplod saying "Thank you, and every avenue and theory was being investigated" and not "Jeez another mad ba***rd seeing visions" which is probably what they were thinking after they read the email :D

Oh well, let's hope they get the right person.
 

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#2
PartTimePongo said:
Everytime I read over this case, something feels 'wrong'. It was worse when Falconio first disappeared , I just couldn't shake the feeling she was being "economical with the truth" . I even had a very vivid dream about it at the time, and went as far as to send an e-mail to the local fuzz describing the dream. (In my defence, it was an Arrser that made me do it)
Couldn't agree more, PTP. Every time I hear the girl's version of what happened, I think 'liar'. But having said that, emailing your dreams to the Ozzie plod is fücking barking: had you been working particularly hard that week? You were lucky not to be sectioned at long range...
 
#3
I'm glad somebody else thinks "Rat! Big fecker too!" when they hear this story, there is just something iffy about it that almost feels like some ropey old whodunnit plot.
 
#5
Concur! But get the feeling it may actually be survivors guilt OR maybe, and this is pure speculation based on several other isolated 'couples' kidnappings in which one survived, a case of she may have bargained her way out, or deserted a situation she NOW believes could have turned out with neither dying.......

Just a thought.....

PTP, you need to see a heid doctor! Nutter! :D

Beebs
 
#6
I get the same dodgy feeling too, as if it just doesn't quite make sense.
BUT apparently there is DNA evidence of the accused from the scene....so now I don't know what to think. I suppose they could have been in cahoots, but then he would have blabbed by now.....
 
#7
Maybe she's one of those unfortunates who doesn't relate well to other people and always comes across as crooked, 'cos every time I see her alarm bells clang.

I guess her infidelity at the time of the murder probably contributed to her seeming a bit iffy, but even her language now doesn't ring true.
 
#9
Daddy said:
Maybe he faked his own death to get away from the jezabel.

Stone her!
What's that skippy?

Some bloke hiding out in the bush for four years?

Says his missus is mad as a fish?

Begs us not to blow the story?
 
#10
Well, I'm certainly glad that I'm not the only one who thinks the whole story was fishy from the get-go. I read up as much as was available when it happened, and since then I've never been able to shake off the feeling that it doesn't add up. Although I never went so far as to send an e-mail to the Aussie Old Bill.
What I can't quite understand is why Lees's story seems to have been accepted at face value, when so many people smell a rat.

MsG
 
#11
Bugsy7 said:
What I can't quite understand is why Lees's story seems to have been accepted at face value, when so many people smell a rat.MsG
IIRC the local plod gave her a hard time of it for quite a while and until they bumped into mr suspect I don't think anyone believed her story.
 
#12
Whatever way one cuts it, there is something just not 'right' about this case. Too many things simply don't add up.
 
#13
Is it not the case that his DNA has been found on her shirt cuffs ?.

There has been a pervading sense of Oz-Plod waiting for someone to let something slip ... as indeed Brit-Plod do on occasion.

Was the deceased well insured ?.
 
#16
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4355556.stm

When asked why she did not look for Mr Falconio while she was being taken from vehicle to the other, she replied: "Because the man had his hand on my neck. He was slightly behind me but turning his body and I was just looking where he was leading me."

Mr Algie asked: "Why didn't you glance to see if he was OK?"

"I was concerned for my own life," Miss Lees replied.

She said she did not recall thinking about her boyfriend at that point.
Eh?
 
#17
filthyphil said:
She doesn't mind a bit either, apparently. How long before she is besieged by arrsers offering to "console" her?
Doesn't the fact that she somehow seems mad as a bag of cats put you off a bit?

Feel a bit sorry for her if it is all true and she is simply unfortunate to come across a bit strangely, but as everyone says it all seems a bit fishy and I for one can't help thinking of "i was a road rage killer with mad stary eyes m'lud" Tracy Andrews
 
#18
Maybe we're just used to seeing a "victim" or relative sobbing their hearts out on TV...only to later find out they were the killer.
Having said that, there is apparently DNA evidance. We'll just have to wait and see what the defence comes up with.
 
#19
Maybe I'm reading this wrong

I'm intrigued as to how Mr. Falconio was attacked by a mad Aussie axeman type fellah, a desperate (I assume) struggle ensued.

All in total silence. he didn't shout out for his Missus, didn't shout for help etc. she didn't "recall thinking about her boyfriend" .

Sorry, but isn't it normal human reaction to shout for, or at least search for a person close to hand that could help. She didn't think about the one persopn in a 50 mile radius who would have been fighting to get to his missus?

Interesting.

It's almost as if Mr. Falconio was not even there.

But as I say , I might be reading this wrong.
 
#20
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4487380.stm

Doubt cast on Falconio CCTV film

The man accused of killing Briton Peter Falconio has a different build to a man captured on CCTV hours after the 2001 attack, an Australian court has heard.
Body structure expert Professor Maciej Henneberg also told the Darwin court the CCTV images from an Alice Springs truck stop were of "very poor quality".

Another defence expert also raised "concerns" about some DNA evidence.

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On Thursday, doubt was also cast on DNA evidence the prosecution had presented claiming a sample on the handcuffs used to tie up Miss Lees was 100 million times more likely to come from the defendant than anyone else.

Dr Katrin Both, part-time forensic scientists at the Forensic Science Service in Adelaide, said she had a "large number of concerns" about the tests used.


The method was "very dangerous" and pushed "science to the limits", she said.
 

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