Vinzent Tarantino denies murdering Quanne Diec. Picture: AAP
Vinzent Tarantino denies murdering Quanne Diec. Picture: AAP

Accused murderer told cops he killed Sydney schoolgirl

A Sydney man who now denies murdering a schoolgirl in 1998 told police three years ago that he did kill her, saying he felt distraught and suicidal afterwards.

"It affected so many people's lives and I just regret it," Vinzent Tarantino said in a November 2016 police interview played to a NSW Supreme Court jury on Thursday.

The 52-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering Quanne Diec, 12, who vanished on July 27 in 1998 after leaving her Granville home to walk to the train station on her way to school.

Her body has never been found.

Quanne Diec vanished from her home in 1998.
Quanne Diec vanished from her home in 1998.

 

Vinzent Tarantino denies murder. Picture: AAP
Vinzent Tarantino denies murder. Picture: AAP

Tarantino's lawyer has told the jury his client made false admissions because he feared for his life and the lives of his loved ones.

The court has heard Tarantino believed he was being pursued by bikies after he witnessed the aftermath of the murders of three bikies.

Tarantino walked into a Sydney police station in early November 2016 saying he kidnapped Quanne for ransom then panicked and strangled her about 15 minutes later, burying her body somewhere south of Sydney.

The jury on Thursday watched the second part of a video showing a handcuffed Tarantino directing police on November 23, 2016, through bushland as he looked for the area where he said he buried the girl.

Vinzent Tarantino is taken from court. Picture: AAP
Vinzent Tarantino is taken from court. Picture: AAP

The jury then watched his second police interview, from November 28 that year, during which he said he felt terrible about what had happened. "I don't know how I became like that at that time," he said. Tarantino said he couldn't remember various details and locations but claimed he left Quanne's body on the side of the road a short distance into the bushland. He said he returned later with a wheelie bin to carry her body to another location.

"I just found a spot and I dragged the bin into the bush, dug a hole and placed Quanne in there and that was it," he said.

The trial is continuing before Justice Robert Beech-Jones.



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