Witness in the inquest Desmond Edward Edmondstone leaves Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Witness in the inquest Desmond Edward Edmondstone leaves Brisbane Magistrates Court.

A MAN believes his life will be able to restart after revealing to an inquest how he heard two nurses were raped, beaten and bound at the hands of his former friend and family member in remote bushland at Murphys Creek in 1974.

Desmond Edmondstone told the Brisbane Coroner's Court on Wednesday it took him 35 years to go to the police because he was scared the men involved would kill him.

Those men - included his cousin Allan Neil "Shorty" Laurie - he alleged were implicated in the horrific and unsolved murders of two Sydney nurses.

Mr Edmondstone recounted the conversation he had with his late friend Larry Charles during an inquest into the 1974 deaths of Lorraine Wilson, 20, and Wendy Evans, 18.

Their skeletal remains were found in dense bushland at the foot of the Toowoomba Range in 1976.

Mr Edmondstone, of Texas, went to police only six weeks ago with details of Mr Charles' confessing to witnessing the girls' rapes and deaths.

The 53-year-old said he was in Rockhampton working at the meatworks in 1978 with Mr Charles.

He said Mr Charles remarked it was two years to the day those Murphy's Creek ladies were killed and "he was there".

Mr Edmondstone said Mr Charles recalled picking up two hitch-hikers in Toowoomba and having a party a Murphys Creek, where Allan "Shorty" Laurie and Wayne "Boogie" Hilton had consensual sex with the two women.

Mr Edmondstone claimed Mr Charles told him Jimmy O'Neill started going "crook" when the girls denied him sex and Donald "Donnie" Laurie hit one of the girls before stating: "There you go, Jimmy, you can have your turn".

The court heard Desmond Roy Hilton and Allan Neil "Ungie" Laurie turned up with "their crew" and raped and bashed the girls for hours.

Mr Edmondstone said Mr Charles recounted waking up in the morning and seeing the girls tied to a tree and Donnie Laurie bashed them with sticks.

They were just about to drive away and Mr Hilton saw one of the girls move her head and he got out and started "wailing" into her again, Mr Edmondstone said Mr Charles recalled.

He said the men drove down the road and Mr Laurie cut each person's thumbs to make a blood brothers pact to kill anyone who told.

Earlier inquest hearings revealed there were multiple persons of interest in the women's deaths including Allan John "Shorty" Laurie, Wayne "Boogie" Hilton, Donald "Donnie" Laurie, and Larry Charles (who are all deceased) as well as Allan Neil "Ungie" Laurie, Terrence James "Jimmy" O'Neill and Desmond Roy Hilton.

Mr Edmondstone said he found out Mr Charles killed himself after he told him he would only be clear when he was dead.

Outside court he did not speak to waiting media stating only: "Life starts now, that is the main thing".

The inquest also heard from Kym Sandercock, who told police that a woman confessed to being in the car with the nurses when they were picked up.

Ms Sandercock said because of a spinal injury and heavy medication, she had problems remembering anything.

State Corner Michael Barnes suggested Ms Sandercock could be offered indemnity from prosecution as the two explanations for her knowing what she did was if she was there or had heard the story from someone she knew well more than once.

But Ms Sandercock, who was wheelchair bound, said she could not remember

New claims that friend witnessed rape, murder of nurses

THE INQUEST into the brutal killing of two nurses at Murphy's Creek has heard from a new witness who claims of hearing his friend confess to watching the rapes and murders in 1974.

State Coroner Michael Barnes heard the final evidence on Wednesday in the inquest into the unsolved deaths of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans.

Their skeletal remains were found in bushland at the foot of the Toowoomba Range in 1976.

Desmond Edward Edmondstone only went to police six weeks ago with details of a conversation he had with Larry Charles in 1978.

Mr Edmondstone claimed he and Mr Charles were staying in Rockhampton for work when Mr Charles confined in him.

Mr Edmondstone said Mr Charles recalled picking up two hitch hikers in Toowoomba and driving around drinking and laughing.

Mr Charles told Mr Edmondstone the group drove to Murphy's Creek where they had a party.

"...two of the fellas Nick (Allan "Shorty" Laurie) and (Wayne "Boogie" Hilton) had sex with them and they were allowed to..." Mr Edmonstone said.

"Until Jimmy O'Neil wanted his turn and the girls said 'no' they wouldn't let him."

Mr Edmonstone claimed Mr Charles told him Jimmy O'Neill started going crook and Donald "Donny" Laurie hit one of the girls before stating: "There you go Jimmy, you can have your turn".

Mr Edmonstone said Mr Charles recounted "Boogie" gave the other girl a hiding and then the party continued into the night.

Mr Charles allegedly said Desmond Hilton and Allan Neil "Ungie" Laurie turned up with "their crew" and started raping and bashing the girls for hours.

Mr Charles told Mr Edmonstone he didn't drink beer but had to "drink rum to make himself pass out because he couldn't take it anymore".

Mr Charles claimed in the morning the girls were tied to a tree and Boogie and Donny bashed them with sticks.

Mr Edmondstone said Mr Charles recalled driving away before Boogie saw one of the girls' heads move and got out of the car and hit her with a stick again.

Mr Edmondstone said he didn't go to police because he was terrified of the men involved, including the Laurie family, who included his cousin and uncle.

"I didnt want them to know that I knew - they would kill me," he said.

Mr Edmondstone lived in Texas, in Queensland, where the Laurie and Hilton families also came from.

Earlier inquest hearings revealed there were multiple persons of interest in the murders including Allan John "Shorty" Laurie, Wayne "Boogie" Hilton, Donald "Donny" Laurie, and Larry Charles (who are all deceased) as well as Allan Neil "Ungie" Laurie, Terrence James "Jimmy" O'Neill and Desmond Roy Laurie.

The State Coroner will hear final submissions in Brisbane on Thursday at 2pm.



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