News

Accused killer 'told mate about crime'

Klarissa "Sal" Callow shortly before her death.
Klarissa "Sal" Callow shortly before her death. Contributed

A FRIEND of accused killer Bowan Taylor Wade claimed Wade had told him he had choked his ex-girlfriend Klarissa "Sal" Callow and left her covered in her own blood and faeces.

Shane Sapienza told Toowoomba Supreme Court Wade had called him on the afternoon of August 9, 2009, saying he wanted to talk to him.

He said Wade told him he and Ms Callow had gone to a storage shed in Stanthorpe earlier that day so Ms Callow could collect her property stored there.

Wade told him he had argued with his ex-girlfriend, during which he had thrown her off boxes she was standing on then choked her for about 30 minutes, he said.

The body of Ms Callow, 17, was found inside a locked storage shed on August 10, 2009.

Though no definitive cause of death had been found, it was suspected she had died of asphyxiation.

Wade, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.

Wade's barrister Paul Smith questioned Sapienza's evidence, pointing to inconsistencies with what he told the court yesterday and previous statements he'd made to police and at a committal hearing in the Magistrates Court.

Asked why he had done nothing after Wade had allegedly told him he'd committed murder, Sapienza said he hadn't believed Wade.

Mr Smith said Sapienza was concerned about his own position and suggested Sapienza had sent a text message to Ms Callow on the afternoon of August 7, 2009, which read "I will come to your house and break your legs you dirty little whore".

Sapienza denied the suggestion saying he had "zero recollection of that".

The trial before Justice Peter Applegarth continues.

Topics:  bowan taylor wade, crime, murder trial, toowoomba supreme court




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Council completes Elliott Heads park upgrade

Council’s upgrades at Elliott Heads Foreshore Parkland are proving popular with holidaymakers.

A new playground and shelter have been completed at Elliott Heads.

Help us keep workplaces fair

Financial Planning - Couple getting consulted

Fair Work ombudsman Natalie James appealed to the community for help

Latest deals and offers

Health Concerns

HEALTH CONCERNS: Edenbrook Estate residents are concerned about the proposed development of a Windrow Composting Facility at Kay McDuff Drive Norville. Craig Brooks, Jodie Brooks, Keith Mansfield, Ron Geyer, Na Geyer, Clinton Church, Robert Astill, June Lavander, Leah Whaleboat, Joe Galea, Andrea Astill, Maureen Cox and Larry Cox. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

HEALTH CONCERNS: Edenbrook Estate residents are concerned about the proposed...

Dos and don'ts of dog attacks

A video showing what to do and what not to do when confronted by an angry or...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked