MURDERED: Amanda Quirk
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How Amanda was buried

AFTER dragging Amanda Quirk's body down, an Ipswich man then drove several hours in the dead of the night to find a dumping spot "across the border", a court was told this week.

Christopher James Swan, 39, has told how he drove through Warwick and Stanthorpe until he reached windy roads and forested areas in northern New South Wales. He had left about 4am but it was daylight when he selected bushland near Tenterfield to leave her body.

"I waited until there was (sic) no cars coming, opened the boot, dragged her out of the boot, dragged her down the hill," he said. "It was a downhill slide, 100m or something. I just covered her with branches and ferns and that."

Swan and Rachel Narelle Smith, 40, have pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering Ms Quirk, 32, at the Booval house they all shared on the eve of Easter, 2010.

They have pointed the finger at each other for the death.

Swan, through a recorded police interview played to the court, said the first assault began while they were returning to Ipswich after getting drugs in Wynnum.

"Amanda had told certain people there were drugs and guns in our house and that she wanted us knocked so she could have the house back," he said.

Swan claimed Smith and Michelle Anne Mondientz bashed Quirk in bushland off the Gateway Motorway. He said he tied Ms Quirk up with duct tape when they returned to Booval and then Smith, who he said was looking for "something hard to hit her with", killed her.

When police asked how she died, Swan said "from injuries caused, I guess, shock, I don't know". "I've had worse (injuries) but different people, you know," he said.

Swan, who said he attempted CPR, maintained he otherwise only gave Ms Quirk a "light slap" during the whole ordeal. "I slapped her in the side of the head but I didn't punch her," he said.

When asked why he did not try to stop Smith, he replied: "My head was spinning 100 miles an hour with the amphetamines, with the whole scenario that was going on, what the f***, you know?"

The trial continues.



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