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Woman hog-tied, tortured, court told

VICTIM: Amanda Quirk’s body was found in New South Wales.
VICTIM: Amanda Quirk’s body was found in New South Wales. Contributed

AN IPSWICH family has been told how their daughter was hog-tied, repeatedly bashed and tortured before her body was dumped in bushland where wild animals and maggots devoured it.

They also heard how the man accused of her murder considered cutting her up so he could dispose of her body more easily.

Christopher James Swan, 40, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday to murdering his flatmate Amanda Jane Quirk, 32, on April 1, 2010, at her Dudleigh St home in Booval.

Ms Quirk's badly decomposed body was found on April 8, 2010, in bushland near Tenterfield in New South Wales.

Crown Prosecutor Ben Power told the court graphic details surrounding Ms Quirk's brutal murder and the involvement of her two other flatmates in her death.

"Amanda Jane Quirk was last seen alive on March 31, 2010," he said.

"That day she was badly beaten by Swan and her two other flatmates Rachel Smith and Michelle Mondientz. The four of them had been to a party in Wynnum where Ms Quirk was accused of telling people at the party there were guns and drugs at the home they shared.

"They ended up leaving the party and she was continually assaulted on the drive back to Ipswich.

"Swan then took her home where he hog-tied her, taped her mouth, tortured her and killed her.

"He then used her ATM card and went and bought drugs."

Mr Power told the court about how Ms Quirk's body was loaded into the boot of a car and dumped in another state.

"He drove to Tenterfield in New South Wales where he dumped her body and covered it with some branches," he said.

"When her body was found it was extensively decomposed. There were large amounts of flesh missing from her head due to either maggots or wild animals. The pathologist, due to the state of her body, could not determine the cause of death."

Mr Power told the six men and six women on the jury they would hear from 13 witnesses over the course of the trial including evidence from Mondientz and Smith.

He said they would be played a recording of a conversation between Swan and Smith where he says "Amanda's body will not be found, it is in one piece, but it is not in Queensland".

Mr Power said at the time of the recording Swan was unaware Smith had gone to the police and they were listening in on the conversation.

Topics:  brisbane supreme court, christopher james swan, murder trial



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