Soldier claimed girl was being abused
GOLD Coast soldier Christopher Robert Carter believed a girl was being sexually assaulted by a convicted paedophile he later killed, a court has heard.
Carter, previously based at Canungra Army Barracks after serving in East Timor and Iraq, is accused of the double-murder of his ex-wife Renee Carter and her partner Corey Croft at their Upper Coomera home on January 20, 2015.
The 39-year-old pleaded not guilty to both charges at the start of his trial by a jury of six women and six men in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.
More than three years before Croft was found dead alongside Ms Carter at their suburban Skylark St home, a police officer - who was a friend of the family - contacted Carter to tell him Croft was a convicted sex offender living under an alias with a girl in Ipswich, the court was told.
In a statement Carter made to police shortly after being arrested in relation to the murder investigation of the couple on January 21, 2015, he said he had become aware the girl had allegedly been forced to shower with Croft.
"In 2012, I received a message from a .. police officer ... the message was letting me know that Corey Croft was an alias as to who he actually was and pointed me in the direction of the South Australian MAKO register ... I believe this is the paedophile website," Carter said in his police statement that was yesterday read to the court.
"Renee was aware of some things which Corey was making (the girl) do but had never reported it ... after I found out Renee was not taking any action (the police officer) reported it ...
"I was told (the girl) was being left in Corey's care.
"I was also informed that (the girl) made certain disclosures about what Corey was making her do.
"At this time (she) was 10 years old and Corey was making (her) shower with him and would lay her down in bed and rub her ... where, I don't know, but it got to a point where I had to remove her.
"I later found out nothing sexual happened but I was informed it was part of grooming."
On Monday, the court heard Mr Croft had been convicted of "having sex with a five year old girl he was looking after and filming it", in a separate incident with a different girl.
The jury was also told he had convictions for possessing child exploitation material in Queensland.
In cross examination of Carter's fiancé, Angela Slade, David Brustman QC, instructed by Howden Saggers Lawyers, yesterday asked whether she had ever spoken to Carter about what had allegedly happened between the girl and Croft.
"He never went into detail and he didn't like talking about it but he did tell me things had happened between Corey and (the girl)... it was sexual abuse," she said.
The court heard Ms Slade and Carter had met in Townsville in 2013 when they were both working at an IGA store.
The pair had by coincidence moved to the Gold Coast just eight days before Ms Carter and Croft were killed.
On Monday, Mr Brustman told the jury that Carter admitted killing the pair with a knife but did not have the required intent.
The trial continues today.
CARTER TOLD POLICE HE HAD 'NOTHING TO DO' WITH KILLINGS
CHRISTOPHER Carter told police he went to an Army barbecue before taking the dogs for a walk with his family in the 24 hours after the deaths of Renee Carter and Corey Croft.
On Monday, Carter's defence barrister David Brustman QC, instructed by Howden Saggers Lawyers, told the court the fact Carter had killed both Ms Carter and Croft was "not in dispute", but the issue in question was whether the crown could show he had the intention to murder them.
However, the court was yesterday read a statement Carter made to police after he was arrested. In it, he said he did not know where Ms Carter lived and had nothing to do with her death.
The statement police read:
"... On Tuesday 20 Jan 2015, I left home for work about 7.20am, starting at 8am.
"I drove to work ... and entered through the main gate.
"There is no formal role call, however my team only consists of seven senior officers.
"Yesterday ... I had a (meeting) ... this is just a get together that goes until 5.30pm ...
"The sergeants were then required to stick around for a compulsory barbecue.
"I remained at the barbecue until about 7.10pm before heading home ...
"During the dinner I had a bit to drink but not too much that I couldn't drive.
"I would say I had about five or six standard drinks of XXXX Gold stubbies between 4.30pm and just after 7pm.
"I left the Army barracks through the same gate and headed home.
"I stopped at the 7-Eleven at the bottom of the hill ...
"Whilst at the 7-Eleven I got about $40 of fuel and nothing else.
"I paid for the transaction with cash ... I arrived home at 8pm.
"I remained home all night not leaving the house."
The next day he said he and his fiancé Angela Slade took their dogs for a walk.
After the walk, Carter told through the statement, that he was told to phone a family member who told him Croft and Ms Carter had been killed.
"I was in shock ...," the court heard Carter told police.
"Ange and I went down to the shop... when we were pulled over by police.
"I was informed by them that Renee had passed away and that they needed a statement from me.
"I do not know where Renee lives and I have never been to her house. I do not know who killed Renee or why she was killed. I had nothing to do with it."