Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dead woman's 'spirit' pointed out her body

A MAN accused of throwing his girlfriend to her death from a cliff told her brother her "spirit" guided him to the place where her body was found, a court has been told.

Peter Byrne today told a jury in the New South Wales Supreme Court that the accused, Gordon Wood, drove him and his father to the Sydney cliff on the night of June 7, 1995, after phoning to say Caroline Byrne was missing.

Mr Wood later told him, "It was Caroline's spirit that guided me to The Gap that night", Mr Byrne told the court.

Mr Wood, 45, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Byrne, 24, by throwing her over a cliff at The Gap, in Sydney's east, in June 1995.

Mr Byrne said that when they were at The Gap in the middle of the night, Mr Wood had pointed towards the bottom of the cliff.

"He said, 'Look Pete, down there, I can see legs and a body, it looks like legs and a body'," he told the court.

Mr Byrne said the night had been very dark and he could not make out anything.

"I believe my eyesight was very good," he said.

Mr Byrne said Mr Wood telephoned them again after they returned to his father's flat, saying police had found Caroline's body.

"He also told me it was where we were looking," he said.

The trial continues.


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