A couple who allegedly tied a teacher to a chair and bashed him with a golf club before being hit by a truck claimed that he appeared on their farm waving a knife.
Anthony Stott, 43, was mowed less than 24 hours after boarding an aircraft from Brisbane airport on a highway in northern NSW.
The French teacher at St Peters College had returned from Sydney from a holiday to Peru and was last seen alive at 3 p.m. on the CCTV at the airport.
Mark Francis Frost, 46 – locally known as Frosty – and Lauren Claire Grainger, 38, are accused of torturing him for six and a half hours before fleeing.
Anthony Stott, 43, was a respected French teacher at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane and died Monday at 7 a.m.
Mark Francis Frost, 46, (left) and Lauren Claire Grainger, 38, (right) have been charged with arrest for the purpose of gaining
However, Grainger claimed that the couple only had Mr. Stott held on to find out why he was armed on their property before he let him go, alleged legal documents.
“I tried to control him … I marched him there (to the shed),” she said to the police, according to the Courier Mail.
Stott is said to be tied to a chair at the farm in Cudgera Creek, but somehow escaped or released on a nearby road.
The couple is accused of detaining Mr Stott for the purpose of gaining benefits.
They reportedly took pictures of him in the chair, tied with rope around his hands and neck, one of which was shown Monday at the Tweed Heads Local Court when Grainger applied for bail.
The police still have to find the chair and the rope that were allegedly used to tie Mr. Stott, despite an extensive search of the property.
Grainger allegedly told the police that Mr. Stott was released the next morning and “casually” walked to the M1.
Witnesses said he raised his arms when he emerged from bushes on the side of the highway and was struck by what the police consider an accident.
Anthony Stott was last seen on Sunday at 3 p.m. on Sunday after returning from a vacation to Peru
Mr Stott was last seen alive at Brisbane Airport, he was then abducted and detained on a site in Cudgera Creek in northern NSW. He was later hit by a truck and died
Mr. Stott’s silver BMW was found in a street off the M1 before he was killed.
The police opposed Grainger’s bail and said that she had not been ‘completely honest’ with detectives and that knives similar to the ones she claimed Mr Stott had were in the kitchen of the farm.
Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy denied her bail despite the fact that her brother had built a large bond and offered a place to stay.
He said he was concerned that Grainger would interfere with the ongoing police search for the rope and the chair – important evidence.
Frost has not requested a bail and is still behind bars.
The two are part of a team of vegetable and flower farmers who won Best Lettuce and Best Tomato at the Murwillumbah show last year. Their tomatoes and flowers were regularly sold at markets and stores of a local farmer.
A neighbor farmer told Daily Mail Australia that Frost seemed like a “professional” farmer.
Frost and Grainger both witnessed the trial of a local cattle farmer in 2013, about a pub fight they allegedly saw.
NRL star Craig Field was sentenced at the end of the trial for the manslaughter of second cattle farmer Kelvin Kane.
Mr. Stott’s silver BMW was abandoned on the highway, close to the couple’s possession, found several hours before he was killed
The police want to talk to anyone who may have seen his vehicle on Sunday afternoon – a silver BMW with NSW registration ANL 72Y
Surprised researchers investigate how and why Mr. Stott – a respected teacher at St. Peters Lutheran College – is said to have landed on a site in Cudgera Creek.
Police have claimed that Mr. Stott was reportedly tied to an on-site chair and officers are investigating whether the teacher was known to the accused couple.
Detective Acting Superintendent Brendon Cullen said to reporters this week: “We don’t know what that relationship is, we don’t know how he ended up in their house or why he ended up there.”
“What we do know is that he was there and was held against his will … what we do not know what happened after he left that place.”
“We want to talk to everyone on the NSW Far North Coast or across the Queensland border who have been in contact with him or have spoken to him since Sunday, February 9,” said Supt Cullen.
“We also want to talk to anyone who may have seen his vehicle on Sunday afternoon – a silver BMW with NSW registration ANL 72Y.
“Assembling his movements in the 24 hours prior to his death is crucial and I ask anyone who may have information to contact Crime Stoppers.”
Researchers do not exclude the involvement of illegal drugs in Stott’s death and alleged abduction, but noted that the teacher was “a fine member of the public in all respects.”
Anthony Stott, 43, taught French at St. Peters Lutheran College, a prestigious $ 24,000 per year school in Brisbane
Supt Cullen also said at this stage that there is no evidence to indicate connections with bikie gangs.
In a statement, St Peters Lutheran College Springfield said it was “destroyed” by Mr. Stott’s “tragic death.”
“Mr. Stott was a primary school teacher from 2018 and a popular and respected member of our community,” the school said in a statement.
“This is a very difficult time for the St Peters community and the College provides support to Mr. Stott’s family as well as staff, students, and families.
“Out of respect for Mr. Stott’s family, and since this is now an active police investigation, it is not appropriate for the college to make further public comments.”
The Frost and Grainger case will be brought to court later.
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