Shocking footage has come from a former bouncer of the nightclub who quietly confesses that he has kidnapped and murdered a schoolgirl before he was found guilty of her murder.
Vinzent Tarantino shocked the police when he walked into the Surry Hills police station in Sydney on November 20, 2016 and confessed in 1998 that he had killed Quanne Diec, 12.
The horrifying police interview, obtained by the ABC, showed the 55-year-old saying: & # 39; I wanted to get rid of something for a long time & # 39 ;.
He then explained that the kidnapping had been a ransom plot that had gone wrong because he was struggling with debts.
Vinzent Tarantino was overrun by reporters when he left a free man after he was found guilty of murdering 12-year-old Quanne Diec
The body of 12-year-old Quanne Diec, (photo) who disappeared on July 27, 1998, was never found. Her father was comforted by detectives on Wednesday
& # 39; I had a lot of debts and I had this stupid idea of ransom & # 39 ;, he said.
The images were shown to jurors this year during the seven-week trial in the New South Wales Supreme Court after Tarantino withdrew his confession and pleaded not guilty of murder and kidnapping.
Mr. Tarantino claimed that he had invented his recordings so that he could go to jail where he would be protected from bikies that he claimed to have pursued him.
On Wednesday, after six days of deliberations, the jury handed back a non-guilty verdict from four men and seven women. (A 12th jury member was fired).
Quanne's body was never found. Her family said the verdict & # 39; hard to understand & # 39; used to be.
Mr. Tarantino told the police that he had kidnapped Quanne for ransom, then panicked and strangled her about 15 minutes later and buried her body somewhere south of Sydney.
& # 39; It was a stupid ransom attempt and it went wrong and I just want to solve it for the family and try to bring the girl home for her family, & # 39; he said in the video.
& # 39; I wanted to let her go and just panic. & # 39;
In 2016, Tarantino entered a Sydney police station and admitted that he had kidnapped and killed Quanne before leading officers to Bushland in an attempt to find her body.
The former bouncer of the night club was excited when he left the Supreme Court of the NSW on Wednesday
Mr. Tarantino seemed nervous during the two-hour interview – he held his face in his hands and shook his head many times.
During the interview he did not answer many questions about the murder.
& # 39; I don't remember the road being fair, I just remember where I was driving, & # 39; he said.
In the images, he also claimed that his partner was threatened with group rape and that his father and brothers were threatened.
In another video shown to jurors, a handcuffed Mr. Tarantino was seen days later leading the police through bushland while he was looking for the area where he said he had buried the girl.
He said he returned on a different date with a waste container to carry her body to another location.
Quanne & # 39; s distraught parents Ann and Sam Diec talked with the media outside Granville police station for hours after Tarantino's guilty verdict. They said: & # 39; We wanted justice for Quanne and we didn't & # 39;
& # 39; I just found a place and I dragged the trash can into the bush, dug a hole and placed Quanne there and that was it, & # 39; he said.
Mr Tarantino told the jury that his confession to the police in 2016 was fake after he had spent nearly two decades on the flight of bikies. He said he wanted to be locked up by the police for his own protection.
He was the first person on the scene after three senior Bandidos bikies were killed in late 1997 in the basement of the Blackmarket Cafe in Sydney.
Mr. Tarantino, who worked at the club, became convinced that bikies followed him and traveled around the country for years.
He changed his name and implemented & # 39; anti-surveillance & # 39; measures, the court was told.
He told the jury that he regretted admitting Quanne's murder in November 2016 because & # 39; it had affected so many people & # 39 ;.
& # 39; No-one would REAGICATE the pain we have endured & # 39 ;: DIEC FAMILY
Relatives wiped the tears from their eyes when a relative of Quanne Diec read a statement in the media on Wednesday afternoon:
& # 39; Today's result is not what we were hoping for.
& # 39; We are still trying the words & # 39; not guilty & # 39;
& # 39; It is difficult for us to understand how the jury came to this decision.
We wanted justice for Quanne and we didn't get it.
& # 39; The last 21 years have touched us deeply. No one should endure the pain we have undergone.
& # 39; The worst thing is that Quanne's body has never been found.
& # 39; We couldn't let her rest and give her the dignity she deserved.
& # 39; Someone out there knows where she is and for that person you have destroyed our family.
& # 39; Quanne was a beautiful 12-year-old girl.
& # 39; We miss her and think about her every day.
& # 39; Thank you to the community for their support and the police for all their hard work. & # 39;
Quanne & # 39; s cousin Christine Woo reads the family's statement to the media. & # 39; Today's result is not what we were hoping for. We are still trying the words & # 39; not guilty & # 39; to process, & she said
Two psychiatrists and a psychologist agreed that he was suffering from a schizoaffective disorder that involved delusions and hallucinations when he confessed he was murdered.
The then girlfriend of Tarantino, Laila Faily, testified during the trial that she had gone with him in a van to an area she thought was a national park shortly after Quanne disappeared.
A picture presented as proof (photo) shows that the van Vinzent Tarantino agreed that he drove on the morning that Quanne Diec disappeared
But her credibility was attacked by Mr. Tarantino & # 39; s lawyer, Belinda Rigg SC, who said her allegations over time & wildly & # 39; and inconsistent.
Mrs. Rigg said that there is & # 39; a reasonable possibility & # 39; was that a Vietnam veteran who had worked in a nearby postal center was involved in the disappearance of Quanne.
The now deceased man had expressed hatred of Asians, told people he was sexually interested in young girls and went on leave just after Quanne disappeared.
The public prosecutor told the jury earlier that people who worked with the man regarded him as a & # 39; beast & # 39; consider and stink. Allegedly he said disgusting racist and sexist things.
But according to the Kroon & # 39; that was the extent to which he was involved in any way in the disappearance of Quanne.
QUANNE DIEC: HOW VINZENT TESTED TARANTINO
July 27, 1998: Quanne Diec is picked from the street in Granville, just minutes after leaving home to take the train to Strathfield Girls & High School.
A neighbor told the police that she saw a girl boarding a white van that day. Quanne is never seen again.
November 2016: Vinzent Tarantino, an old police suspect in the death of Quanne, appears at the police station in Surry Hills and confesses her murder.
The police return to his home on Second St, Granville, to search for the remains of Quanne. The house was only 700 meters from the residence of Diec.
September 8, 2019: Tarantino does not plead guilty to the charges and his murder and kidnapping process begins
October 4, 2019: Tarantino & # 39; s two-hour police interview is being played in front of the jury, where he says: & I have kidnapped and killed her & # 39 ;.
In the interview, played in court, he says he doesn't remember much.
He claims that he had told Quanne to get in the car as a & # 39; stupid ransom attempt & # 39; to get money, but relatives showed up unexpectedly and & # 39; I just panicked … I did something to her … I killed her & # 39 ;.
October 23, 2019: The jury was told that Tarantino claims that he did not pick up Quanne, but a sex worker known as & # 39; Dee & # 39 ;.
Prosecutors claim that the police were unsuccessful in trying & # 39; Dee & # 39; and said her physical description was strikingly similar to Quanne's.
Prosecutors claim that Tarantino has a & # 39; false alibi & # 39; has given.
October 24, 2019: The jury is told in the closing speech of the defense that Tarantino only confessed that he thought he would be safer in prison.
& At that time, he and his whole being believed that there was a real and imminent risk of kidnapping, serious violence, torture and death of himself, his partner, his father and his brother, & # 39; said Belinda Rigg SC.
Mrs. Rigg told the jurors to consider whether it was a reasonable possibility that Tarantino had known a crime he had not committed.
& # 39; You must consider the mind of another, & # 39; she said.
November 6, 2019: After a lawsuit of seven weeks and another week of consultation, an NSW Supreme Court jury finds that Tarantino is not guilty of all charges
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