Texts help to solve al­leged tor­ture case

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VANDA CAR­SON

MO­BILE phone text mes­sages and CCTV footage from a ho­tel where a woman may have been tor­tured has helped crack a hor­rific crime that has rocked Bris­bane, a court has heard.

In Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, Mag­is­trate John Costello read the con­fronting de­tails of burns and bro­ken bones suf­fered by the 21year- old vic­tim, and re­marked at the ap­par­ent lack of “hu­man­ity” of Bris­bane’s Jeromy Lee Har­ris. Har­ris, 41, a for­mer pro­fes­sional soc­cer player, was in court ac­cused of help­ing his friend, Ni­cholas John Cril­ley, 31, charged with tor­tur­ing his girl­friend “for weeks”.

Mag­is­trate Costello read aloud from the po­lice ob­jec­tion to bail af­fi­davit which re­ferred to CCTV footage cap­tured at an un­named ho­tel. Po­lice al­lege the footage shows Cril­ley “car­ry­ing a small hu­man- sized ob­ject wrapped in a sheet, and plac­ing it into the boot of the white sedan be­fore ex­it­ing the carpark” on June 29, 2017. Po­lice al­lege that this “ob­ject” was a se­ri­ously in­jured Tanya Ni­cole Roberts, who had ear­lier been seen with Cril­ley at the ho­tel.

Three days later Roberts was found barely alive at Har­ris’s apart­ment in Bulimba, af­ter Cril­ley called triple- 0.

The men are due back in court on Au­gust 7.

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