November 26, 2019 15:23:11
The man accused of murdering teenager Larissa Beilby — whose body was found in a barrel — carried a gun “all the time” and said he “was going to knock her”, a witness told a Beenleigh court on Tuesday.
The first day of the hearing to determine whether Zlatko Sikorsky should stand trial, heard from Scott Thompson, who described a conversation with Mr Sikorsky in his shed on June 23, 2018.
Mr Sikorsky is facing a raft of charges including murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interference with a corpse, after the 16-year-old was found dead in a barrel in the back of a ute south of Brisbane last year.
Mr Thompson told the committal hearing he “knew that [Mr Sikorsky] had punched her in the face” and Ms Beilby “wasn’t in a good way”.
“He said he was going to knock her. I told him [it’s] not worth it, just take her to the hospital,” he said.
“Pretty sure I said to him, ‘let me have a look at her’.”
Mr Thompson also told the court that when Mr Sikorsky rang him to say he was driving Ms Beilby to the hospital he believes he heard a scream in the background.
“I think she started screaming, yeah, I can’t remember exactly. I think she was screaming, yeah,” he said.
Mr Sikorsky’s barrister questioned Mr Thompson on his memory and why he hadn’t mentioned in his police statement that he had requested to see Ms Beilby and talk to her.
Mr Thompson admitted that he had been using ice for about 10 years and when he gave his first police statement, “I couldn’t remember my own birthday”.
He also told the court Mr Sikorsky had a “gun on him all the time” and feared he would “come back to kill us”.
“He said that barrel was full of money, drugs, whatever,” he said.
‘I didn’t want to get him aggravated’
The court also heard from Jessica Schulz, the partner of Mr Thompson, who gave evidence Mr Sikorsky said his “only options” were to take Ms Beilby “to a mental hospital, or to knock her”.
“To my knowledge I said the only thing to do was to take her to the hospital,” she said.
Mr Sikorsky’s defence barrister Tim Ryan asked her about a scream she said came from outside the shed and why she didn’t go to investigate the noise.
“I thought it was coming from the car that the defendant was driving … and I didn’t want to get him aggravated,” she replied.
The court also heard she had tried to delete footage from surveillance cameras installed on the property, after Mr Sikorsky allegedly made the request.
“What was the reason for doing that?” Mr Ryan said.
“Because I just wanted to do what he asked and not have any dramas,” she responded.
The committal hearing is expected to run for three days.