The ABC ( Australian Broadcasting Corp) reports
One of the men accused of murdering an Albanian refugee to steal his cannabis crop was taped on a phone call telling a co-accused that police suspected the killing was bikie-related, a South Australian Supreme Court jury has been told.
Four men are accused of murdering Urim Gjabri The prosecution says the victim was growing cannabis at an Adelaide house They say the accused men stole the plants Benjamin John Mitchell, 33, Alfred Claude Rigney, 44, Matt Bernard Tenhoopen, 25 and Aaron Donald Carver, 37, have pleaded not guilty to murdering Albanian refugee Urim Gjabri at his Para Vista home in October 2018.
Prosecutor Robert Walker today opened his case, telling jurors that the victim was found with his “skull caved in” and his cannabis crop had been “stripped bare”.
“The prosecution case is that Mr Gjabri was growing cannabis hydroponically at Para Vista. He was raided late at night and robbed of his cannabis,” he said.
Mr Walker said residents living on a nearby street at Ingle Farm heard a group of men with loud voices moving large garbage bags from one car to two others on October 9, 2018.
Mr Walker said the prosecution would argue that the men were transferring bags of stolen cannabis into different cars before heading to Murray Bridge.
The court heard that DNA linked three of the accused to different parts of the crime scene, and CCTV from neighbouring houses showed multiple men approaching the victim’s house.
Phone calls ‘connect men with death’
Mr Walker said Mr Mitchell, Mr Tenhoopen and Mr Rigney drove to Queensland shortly after the alleged murder.