Man who helped mate dump dead body was 'confused'

A COOMINYA man who helped his mate dump a dead body claimed he was confused and trying to get his head around everything that was going on after it was revealed he had made three different statements to police.

But he told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday he was now telling the truth.

Jamie Rex Teichmann, 39, pleaded not guilty this week to murdering Michael Desmond Mason, 48, on December 8, 2010, after an altercation over a woman.

Mr Mason's body was discovered two days later in bushland.

Crown witness Andrew Kuiper told the court on Friday he had been drinking at the Coominya pub from about 10am with Teichmann and another mate Michael Ambrose on the day Mr Mason was killed.

He said they left the pub about 6pm and went back to his house to watch the Anthony Mundine fight being held that evening.

"The main fight was pretty quick which was good because Anthony Mundine got knocked out," he said.

"After that Jamie (Teichmann) said he was going over to Katie Bush's house.

"He asked us if we had a condom because, you know, she hit him up earlier at the pub.

"Shortly after that, Mick (Ambrose) and I left as well and went to his place to keep drinking after my missus got up us for being rowdy."

Kuiper said Ambrose received a call from Teichmann about 12.30am before arriving at the house about 20 minutes later.

He said Teichmann told them when he arrived he had got into a fight with Mr Mason up the road and he was dead.

"I said you probably just knocked him out, but we should go up there and see," he said.

"When we got there I saw Mick's (Mason) blue ute and he was lying on the road behind it.

"He was not moving so I went up to him and patted him across the cheek, but there was no response."

Kuiper said Teichmann and Ambrose then picked up Mr Mason and put him in the tray of his ute.

He said Ambrose drove Mr Mason's ute while he and Teichmann followed behind.

"We headed up towards where Mick (Ambrose) lived on Jamiesons Rd," he said.

"When we got there we picked up Mick (Ambrose) because he was standing by the side of the road near the bush, but I did not see the blue ute."

"We all then went back to Mick's (Ambrose) house and kept drinking."

Kuiper, under heavy questioning from defence barrister Mark Green, said his version of events had differed in the three statements he gave to police.

He admitted he had been charged last year with interfering with Mr Mason's corpse and subsequently received a wholly suspended jail sentence.

"You have to remember, I was still trying to get my head around what was bloody happening," he said.

"I was not trying to cover my tracks in any way.

"When I knew Mick (Mason) was dead, I knew I would be in trouble."

The trial before Justice Peter Flanagan continues.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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