A crown witness has sensationally revealed that he saw a body that looked like jelly bundled in a car that may have killed British backpacker Peter Falconio.
Mr. Falconio’s body was never found after he went missing in the middle of the night on a lonely Northern Territory highway in July 2001 while on vacation with his British girlfriend Joanne Lees.
Truck driver Vince Millar, who rescued Ms Lees from the Stuart Highway, has revealed a shockingly new detail about what he saw, raising doubts about the mystery of the outback murder.
Joanne Lees (left) and partner Peter Falconio (right). The pair drove an orange Kombi van on the Stuart Highway to the Devil’s Marbles in July 2001 when they were ambushed
LR: Barrow Creek publican Les Pilton, truck driver Vince Millar and co-driver Rodney Adams arrive at the NT Supreme Court in Darwin to testify at the 2005 trial of Bradley John Murdoch. Mr Millar (center) has now revealed that he has seen a ‘jelly man’ bundle up in a car
The road train piloted by Mr. Millar the night he saved Joanne Lees on the Stuart Highway. Joanne Lees leaped ahead of the truck in a desperate attempt to be rescued, forcing Mr. Millar to evade and then stop
Before Mrs. Lees jumped to his truck with tied hands, Mr. Millar drove up the Stuart Highway with his train.
Driving near Barrow Creek, about 280 km north of Alice Springs, Mr. Millar said he saw headlights circling and blinking.
Revealed in explosive new details about the four-part documentary, Murder in the Outback: The Falconio and Lees Mystery, Mr. Millar said he slowed down his vehicle and saw something extraordinary.
Mister Millar said he saw a red car with two men beside it along the highway.
He slowed down to provide assistance if needed and saw the men bundle up a man who looked like jelly in the car.
“There was something they didn’t want me to see. I am pretty sure that man in the middle could very well have been Peter Falconio, ”said Mr. Millar of the Channel 4 documentary to be shown in Australia on Sunday.
In the photo: Peter Falconio with his girlfriend Joanne Lees before they were ambushed in the middle of the night on a lonely Northern Territory highway on July 14, 2001.
Vincent James, stepfather of Joanne Lees, depicted in Alice Springs in 2001. Mr. James now thinks Bradley John Murdoch is innocent of killing Peter Falconio after watching the TV series
Mr. Millar said it was just after this meeting that Mrs. Lees jumped off the roadside where she hid in bushes, in a desperate attempt to be saved.
“This sheila jumped in front of my truck,” he said.
Mr. Millar has never revealed this detail of the “jelly man” before, saying that the police simply never asked him about the events leading up to Ms. Lees who suddenly ran for his truck, the Australian reported.
It has been almost 20 years since the murder of backpacker Peter Falconio.
Bradley John Murdoch was convicted of his murder by the jury in 2005.
28-year-old Falconio and 27-year-old Ms. Lees drove the Stuart Highway with their orange Kombi van up the Devil’s Marbles on the night of July 14, 2001.
The pair felt they were being followed after they passed a roadhouse in Barrow Creek.
LR: Mr. Falconio’s father, Luciano, his brother Paul Falconio, and Ms. Lees’s stepfather, Vincent James, attend a press conference in 2001. Mr. James said he believes the man convicted of killing the 28-year-old backpacker, is innocent
Bradley John Murdoch (pictured) was found guilty of murdering British backpacker Peter Falconio in 2005 after his DNA was found on Joanne Lees’ clothes
‘I think he’s innocent’: Joanne Lees’ stepfather in a stunning turnaround
Vincent James, stepfather to British backpacker Joanne Lees, now believes Australian killer Bradley John Murdoch is innocent of murdering Peter Falconio – after watching a controversial TV documentary.
“When I was there I thought he was guilty, but not anymore,” he told NewsCorp from his home in Huddersfield, UK.
It’s a sensational turnaround in the outback mystery.
Mr. Falconio’s body was never found, but Mr. Murdoch was convicted in a jury trial after his DNA was found on Mrs. Lee’s clothes.
James said he had changed his mind after seeing the four-part documentary Murder in the Outback: The Falconio and Read Mystery.
The television program was broadcast in Great Britain last month and starts on Sunday on Seven.
In it, experts ask questions about the DNA evidence and the small amount of Falconio blood on the scene.ine.
When a white Toyota ute came alongside, the driver motioned for them to stop and claimed he had seen sparks from the back of their van.
They were then ambushed.
Ms. Lees said she heard a bang, possibly a shot, after Mr. Falconio got out of the van.
Mrs. Lees was beaten and held at gunpoint with zip ties. When her attacker was distracted, she ran there, hiding in the bushes for hours while the shooter searched for her.
With her hands tied over her head, she jumped in a desperate rescue attempt for Vincent Millar’s road train.
Mister Millar made an evasive move to avoid her and stopped and took her to safety.
In the photo: Peter Falconio with his girlfriend Joanne Lees. Bradley John Murdoch was convicted of murdering Mr. Falconio, 28, and assaulting Ms. Lees, then 27, on a remote stretch of highway in the outback Northern Territory in 2001
Bradley John Murdoch, a mechanic from Broome in northwest Australia, pleaded not guilty to the outback’s murder and has retained his innocence despite being convicted in 2005 after his DNA was found on Ms. Lees’ T-shirt.
He fled when he first became a suspect in the case, but was caught in South Australia.
Murdoch, now 62, is said to have hidden Mr. Falconio’s body, which has never been found despite extensive searches.
Murdoch was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 28 years to serve.
Last year, Murdoch was diagnosed with cancer, which led to a last-ditch attempt by the police to provoke a confession in exchange for moving him to a prison closer to his family.
His earliest release date is 2032, but the Northern Territory passed a “ no body, no parole ” law in 2016 that prevents him from being released on parole unless he reveals where Mr. Falconio’s body is.
Murdoch has unsuccessfully appealed and exhausted his appeal options.
Bradley John Murdoch, 62, surrounded by police when he arrives at Darwin Airport after his arrest in 2003. He now has cancer and has no chance of parole unless he reveals where Peter Falconio’s body is
In the June episode of Murder in the Outback, a disgraced former defense attorney sent out a shocking statement from one of Peter’s friends, who said the backpacker “ was able to fake his own death and commit life insurance fraud. ”
Police in Australia have rejected suggestions that Mr Falconio has impersonated his own death.
The lawyer, Andrew Fraser, who was convicted of cocaine imports in 2001, said that a person who claimed to be a friend of Mr. Falconio suggested that he had committed a life insurance fraud.
He told the cameras, “One such theory that came to our attention is that Peter Falconio faked his own disappearance.
Murder in the Outback: The Falconio and Read Mystery screens on Channel Seven on Sundays at 7pm