A former bouncer of the nightclub who was found guilty two years ago of the kidnapping and murder of a schoolgirl in Sydney, claims that he had first known the crime because & I had aimed a gun at me in the back of the Corrective Services bus & # 39 ;.
Vinzent Tarantino, 52, had previously known & # 39; that he had killed 12-year-old Quanne Diec, who disappeared after leaving her home in Granville to walk to the train station on July 27, 1998.
He pleaded not guilty of the murder through a seven-week trial, and after a deliberation of more than a week, the jury returned a non-guilty verdict on Wednesday morning.
Quanne's body was never found. Her father sobbed after the verdict returned and was comforted by detectives.
Out of court, Tarantino pulled out the media and claimed that the police had changed evidence.
He said he had that proof in my pocket, you want to come and visit me, prepare your checkbooks. I wasted three years of my life & # 39 ;.
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
Tarantino nodded repeatedly to the jury and bowed to them after their verdict.
The crown had claimed that Tarantino had taken Quanne off the street in a white van, had driven to his father's nearby house, had strangled her, and had thrown her body away in bushland south of Sydney.
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 to be protected.
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 were chasing him and spent years in the country, 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 ;.
The former bouncer of the night club was excited when he left the Supreme Court of the NSW on Wednesday
He told the police that he had kidnapped Quanne for ransom and then panicked and strangled her about 15 minutes later and buried her body somewhere south of Sydney.
The judges were shown a video of a fascinated man Tarantino who led the police through Bushland days later while searching for the area where he said he had buried the girl.
They also watched his second police interview, five days later, in which he said he felt terrible about what had happened.
Mr. Tarantino told the police that he could not remember various details and locations, but said he had left Quanne & # 39; s body on the side of the road, a short distance into the bushland.
He said he returned on a different date with a waste container to carry her body to another location.
& # 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.
The NSW Supreme Court jury returned the non-guilty verdict after having deliberated for more than a week
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.
A picture presented as proof (photo) shows that the van Vinzent Tarantino agreed that he drove on the morning that Quanne Diec disappeared
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.
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 MURDER: TIME LINE
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.
2003: Without a sign from their beloved daughter, the destroyed parents of Quanne Fairfax Media say they will not leave their Granville home.
& # 39; If Quanne has returned and we are not there, she will not know where we have gone, & # 39; a parent said.
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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