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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



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