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COURT: McCauley swapped car in hit and run with 'friend'

Gatton woman Joanne Marie McCauley has been named as the prime suspect in a hit-and-run that claimed the life of Chinese national Shui Ki Chan after she allegedly boasted about it to family and friends. Mr Chan, 25, was riding his pushbike home from work along the Warrego Highway near UQ Gatton on August 22, 2012, when he was struck and left for dead in a ditch alongside the road.
Gatton woman Joanne Marie McCauley has been named as the prime suspect in a hit-and-run that claimed the life of Chinese national Shui Ki Chan after she allegedly boasted about it to family and friends. Mr Chan, 25, was riding his pushbike home from work along the Warrego Highway near UQ Gatton on August 22, 2012, when he was struck and left for dead in a ditch alongside the road. Supplied

A MAN who traded cars with a woman who allegedly bragged about running down a cyclist told a court he didn't hear about the incident until he was summonsed to testify.

The Brisbane Coroner's Court is investigating the death of Chinese national Shui Ki Chan, who was cycling on the Warrego Hwy near Gatton when he was hit by a car.

He was left on the side of the road and died of hypothermia.

The inquest has heard Joanne Marie McCauley bragged about hitting Mr Chan and driving off.

But she said she only said it to scare off a man she believed was a child rapist, and only when that man was present.

Ms McCauley claimed during the inquest that she swapped her blue Ford Falcon with Oakey man Lachlan Johnston because he had been getting pulled over in his Holden Commodore ute.

Mr Johnston was not the man that she believed to be a child rapist.

Mr Johnston told the inquest Ms McCauley had come to him proposing the swap because she wanted to do the ute up.

He said it was a deal he "could not refuse" as the Falcon was in "mint condition", and his ute was old and beaten up.

Mr Johnston told the court there was no money involved in the trade.

"At the time, I still considered Jo a friend," he said.

"But obviously she was pretty keen to get rid of (the Falcon)."

He said he later learnt the car had been involved in a robbery at Atkinson's Dam. Ms McCauley has admitted to the inquest to being involved in the robbery.

Mr Johnston said Ms McCauley had never mentioned being involved in a hit-and-run.

He told the court he only learnt about Mr Chan when he was summonsed to testify before the inquest.

The inquest continues. - ARM NEWSDESK

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