Tweed man stalked girlfriend all the way to Toowoomba
A TWEED Heads man stalked his former girlfriend all the way to Toowoomba and back with a private investigator before allegedly shooting at her new beau three times.
Robert Kingsley Corowa, now 32, had doubts Louise Ray was going to Brisbane to visit her grandfather when she tried to fob him off via text messages one otherwise unremarkable Saturday in 2011.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Wednesday how he hired Ipswich investigator Dean Merrell to follow Ms Ray, then aged 22, around the Gold Coast while she did property inspections on November 26 that year.
Crown prosecutor Glen Cash told a jury Mr Merrell would describe to them how Mr Corowa joined him when Ms Ray was heading north and how his mood changed when she veered onto the Logan Motorway instead of continuing to Brisbane.
He said Mr Corowa allegedly told Mr Merrell about his need to confront Ms Ray and his suspicions she was in a relationship with another man.
Mr Cash said the jury would see all the text messages Mr Corowa sent Ms Ray in the lead-up to the shooting, including text messages while he was following her asking about Brisbane and how her grandfather was.
"You will conclude that it was certainly the desire of Mr Corowa that he continue to have some kind of ongoing relationship with Louise Ray," he said.
"The flavour the Crown says you will get from his text messages is that of a man who was possessive and jealous; a factor which you might think is significant in explaining why it was Mr Corowa may have wanted to cause harm to the new boyfriend Mr Marjanovic".
Mr Cash said Mr Merrell would describe following Ms Ray to Toowoomba where she collected her new boyfriend Marko Marjanovic, who had been working out Roma way for two weeks, and driving back to his mother's place at Robina.
He said Mr Corowa contacted his friend Donald Charles Graham at Cabarita to bring his "clothes" to the Gold Coast, which he understood was code for the sawn-off shotgun he had buried in his garden.
Mr Cash said they drove to Mr Marjanovic's mother's house where Mr Graham tricked him into leaving the house to check on his car.
When the 25-year-old walked out, he was fired upon three times - with the third shot hitting his shoulder.
The trial continues.