Accused man Graeme Kenneth Wright
Accused man Graeme Kenneth Wright Jocelyn Watts

Clark was paranoid, court told

MURDERED man Noel Allan Clark allegedly accrued a large drug debt prior to his death, the Maryborough Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

David Alan Freeth said he lived with Mr Clark before moving to Hervey Bay in 2009.

Mr Freeth said Mr Clark was a heavy drug user and was paranoid that people were watching him.

“He thought everyone was out to get him,” he said.

Mr Clark had allegedly bought drugs on credit in the expectation of getting a large payout from an accident.

Police allege Mr Clark was killed on May 25.

Three people have been charged with his murder: Dianna Gay Wright, Byron Naylor and Graeme Kenneth Wright.

Dianna Wright was also charged with interfering with a corpse.

Kenneth Charles Trost, also known as Camel, was an acquaintance of Graeme Wright and Dianna Wright.

He said he met Graeme Wright about five years ago while working as a truck driver. Graeme introduced Mr Trost to Dianna Wright, also known as Tori.

Mr Trost agreed to house Tori and her young son in August 2009 because “she needed somewhere to stay”.

He picked her up from Toowoomba and took her back to a friend’s property for a few days, where she drank steadily.

“She said about Noel, that she’d got him around there and they’d bashed him and wrapped him in doonas and got rid of his body,” Mr Trost said.

Mr Trost said he spoke to Graeme Wright on the phone and was told “old mate won’t be back”.

“I said ‘who?’ and he said ‘Noel’.”

Mr Trost said he took Tori back to Toowoomba after her mood changed dramatically.

“She was really stressing out. She went right off at me, half schizo, yelling and screaming at me.”

The court heard Graeme Wright had tried to sell Noel Clark’s car to Mr Trost.

Mr Trost had viewed the car, parked near the Caloundra turnoff on the Bruce Highway, but did not want to buy it.

“He said he had one for sale for $500. I didn’t have the money and I already had a car,” he said.

Mr Trost later showed police the place he had seen the car.

On another occasion he agreed to be wired and met Graeme Wright at McDonald’s at Deception Bay to try to get him to speak about Noel Clark’s death.

An earlier witness, Graeme Wright’s cousin Georgia Bailey, said Graeme Wright had received a call from a person called Camel who said Noel was “under a load of fertiliser in the forestry”.

More than 25 witnesses have been cross-examined during the committal proceedings.

Three remaining witnesses were not available to give evidence this week due to illness and travel arrangements.

They will appear in the court on December 10 before Magistrate John Smith decides if there is enough evidence to commit the three accused to stand trial in the Supreme Court.

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