Texts help to solve alleged torture case
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.