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The court heard Mark Rodney Jones, 43, storm a Launceston apartment in Tasmania before attacking Bradley Wade Breward, 22 (photo), on New Year's Day in 2017.

Bodybuilder who watered a man before he had choked him with a plastic bag because he thought he had stolen his car is found guilty of murder

  • Former bodybuilder Mark Rodney Jones found guilty of murdering Launceston in 2017
  • Hof heard that Bradley Wade Steward was tied up and tortured in an apartment
  • He had slept on the couch on New Year's Day when he was woken up
  • Jones hit and kicked Mr. Steward and smothered him with a shopping bag
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A former bodybuilder was found guilty of the murder of a man he tortured because he thought he had stolen his car.

Mark Rodney Jones, 43, stormed an apartment in Launceston in Tasmania before attacking Bradley Wade Breward, 22, on New Year's Day in 2017.

Jones was armed with a screwdriver and a tape and with the help of Rickey John Izard, 28, tied the pair to Mr. Breward, ABC reported.

The former bodybuilder continued kicking and hitting Breward before watering him, and finally he choked him with a shopping bag, a court heard.

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The court heard Mark Rodney Jones, 43, storm a Launceston apartment in Tasmania before attacking Bradley Wade Breward, 22 (photo), on New Year's Day in 2017.

The court heard Mark Rodney Jones, 43, storm a Launceston apartment in Tasmania before attacking Bradley Wade Breward, 22 (photo), on New Year's Day in 2017.

Jones was armed with a screwdriver and tape and with the help of an employee Rickey John Izard (28) tied the pair Mr Breward

Jones was armed with a screwdriver and tape and with the help of an employee Rickey John Izard (28) tied the pair Mr Breward

Jones was armed with a screwdriver and tape and with the help of an employee Rickey John Izard (28) tied the pair Mr Breward

Jones and Izard tried to deposit the body and attach weights to Mr. Breward's body before it was dumped in Lake Eugenana, in the northwestern part of the state.

The couple burned both the victim's clothing and the life raft that they used to dump Mr. Breward's body into the lake.

For weeks Jones had been tracking down someone he thought had been responsible for the theft of his Nissan Patrol.

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The vehicle was stolen in December and Jones spent a $ 5,000 reward to find his car.

Jones texted a friend days before the murder, the court heard.

& # 39; I am on the trail of Brad Breward … c *** will pay, he will die and will be brought back to life many times, & # 39; he said in the message.

Jones traded in $ 1,000 with a woman dating a victim's friend who told him on the morning of Mr. Breward's death.

Mr. Breward slept on a couch before he was woken up and tortured.

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& # 39; Mr. Breward has not given him any information, & # 39; said prosecutor Daryl Coates to the court.

Jone & # 39; s lawyer Greg Richardson described death as a & # 39; tragedy & # 39; and a & # 39; accident & # 39 ;.

& # 39; It was someone who did something out of desperation, it wasn't murder. & # 39;

Although the Prosecution argued that Jones should have known that placing a shopping bag over Mr. Breward's head could have resulted in death.

Jones had not pleaded guilty for murder, although a jury took only two hours to find him guilty at the Launceston Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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Izard has previously pleaded guilty of manslaughter, aggravated burglary and the disruption of justice.

He will appear in court on July 1.

Judging entries are scheduled for next week.

Jones and Izard attempted to deposit the body and attach weights to Mr. Breward's body before it was dumped to Lake Eugenana, in the northwestern state.

Jones and Izard attempted to deposit the body and attach weights to Mr. Breward's body before it was dumped to Lake Eugenana, in the northwestern state.

Jones and Izard tried to deposit the body and attach weights to Mr. Breward's body before it was dumped in Lake Eugenana, in the northwestern part of the state.

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