Jury hears threat was made six months before Noelene's death
A SUNSHINE Coast man allegedly threatened to burn his partner's body in a car six months before he did just that, two Oakey brothers have testified.
Scott Vlietstra told Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday that he went to Toowoomba police after reading about the first murder trial against Wayn Edward Raymond McClutchie, 38, in the Toowoomba Chronicle.
Mr McClutchie has admitted he killed his partner Noelene Beutel, 35, in a violent confrontation at their Buderim home in June, 2011, used a wheelie bin to cart her body to the boot of her car and then drove it to Tanawha bushland where he set it on fire.
But he says he is not guilty of murder because he did not intend to kill her.
Mr Vlietstra said Mr McClutchie and Ms Beutel were visiting his brother Mark in Oakey where he also was living at the time.
He said they all had watched a YouTube clip of Maori men fighting when Mr McClutchie, also known as Kiwi, suggested he wanted a facial tattoo like the men in the video.
"Noelene said that would be the day she left him," he said.
"(Mr McClutchie) said that would be the day they found her dead in a burnt out car.
"She just went silent."
Mr Vlietstra said Ms Beutel tried to repeatedly contact him in the days before her death because she did not have his brother Mark's new number.
But Mark had been working out west and by the time he replied, it was the day she died.
Mark Vlietstra told the court he met Ms Beutel in Toowoomba at age 17 and they had been friends ever since, even when she moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2000 where he regularly visited her.
He conceded they often injected speed together, that he had been to jail for drug-related offences and had domestic violence order breaches against his late partner.
Mark, like his brother, testified to hearing Mr McClutchie say "that'll be the day they find your body in a burnt out car".
Both conceded under cross-examination from defence barrister Greg McGuire that they did not take the comments seriously at the time.
"Not at the time I didn't," Scott said.
The trial continues.