A WAGGA truck driver accused of a carrying out an execution-style murder at a Jamberoo lookout will await trial behind bars.
At Port Kembla Local Court, the magistrate Michael Stoddart deemed the circumstantial case against Glen Roland Dunstall strong, despite challenges to the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, a commercial drug manufacturing boss.
Dunstall allegedly shot Sydney father John Gasovski in the back of the head on June 9 last year in order to authenticate and profit from a phoney cannabis deal that Dunstall had orchestrated.
The two men were to serve as co-couriers for the non-existent deal, according to police documents. Mr Gasovski’s body was found in Buderoo National Park.
The prosecution will allege Dunstall upheld the illusion of the drug deal to fleece Witness A, Mr Gasovski’s boss, of its $300,000 value.
Arguing for Dunstall’s bail in court, defence solicitor Theo Voros challenged the credibility of Witness A (WA) – who was not charged over his role in the drug deal after he agreed to give evidence against Dunstall.
Witness A is in protective custody in jail, owing to his own drug activities. ‘‘He’s in jail and he knows he will be given some benefit if he continues to give assistance [against Dunstall],’’ Mr Voros said.
‘‘In relation to Witness A, he’s a person that has no credibility.’’
Mr Voros dubbed the motive put forward by the prosecution as “extraordinarily weak” and “nonsensical”. He dubbed the motive put forward by prosecution ‘‘extraordinarily weak’’ and ‘‘nonsensical’’.
However, Crown Prosecutor Kirsty Spiers told the court Dunstall was a ‘‘a very deceptive and fraudulent man’’ who should await trial behind bars to protect the safety of witnesses, their families and the community.
She told the court Witness A’s evidence, and that of another association, Witness B, formed only part of the prosecution case.
‘‘[Their evidence] fits in with all these other aspects of the Crown case that WA and WB would not be aware of,’’ she said.
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