Murder trial hears tape of accused

THE man accused in the death of teenager Klarissa "Sal" Callow was captured on a police field tape telling officers, "I didn't mean to kill her".

The recording, which was made as police arrested then 19-year-old Bowan Taylor Wade in a Warwick park on August 10, 2009, was played during his murder trial in Toowoomba Supreme Court.

Asked by a policeman at Warwick Police Station what had happened, Wade is heard to say, "I didn't mean to" and, "I just threw her".

Wade has pleaded not guilty to murdering then 17-year-old Ms Callow at Stanthorpe on August 9, 2009.

During earlier evidence, Sergeant Lyndon Staley struggled to hold his composure as he told the court of opening the door of a Stanthorpe storage shed on August 10, 2009, to find Ms Callow's lifeless body on the floor.

Her body was jammed into a small space near the door of the shed that was packed with furniture and boxes of property belonging to Wade and Ms Callow, who had ended a relationship just before her death.

Family members in the public gallery sobbed as photos of Ms Callow's body was flashed on the court's wide screens.

Hervey Bay youth worker Michael Green, who knew Wade from his time in the coastal city, told the court of receiving a phone call from Wade that weekend.

He said Wade was upset and had either said he had killed his ex-girlfriend or thought he'd killed her.

Under cross examination by Wade's barrister Paul Smith, Mr Green agreed that at no time during their conversation had Wade said he had strangled or smothered the young woman, and that he had gained the impression Wade had "given her an almighty push".

The trial before Justice Peter Applegarth will continue today.



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