Alleged murder victim Michael McCabe.
Alleged murder victim Michael McCabe.

Cellmate says accused murderer confessed details

THE prison cellmate of alleged murderer Jason Douglas Taylor has testified that the accused confessed to him details of the night Michael McCabe died.

Taylor is alleged to have murdered Mr McCabe in the company of others on or about August 15, 2015.

His remains were not found until September 17 of the same year in a dried creek bed north of Townsville.

Taylor has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Michael John Davison, who is currently on remand, took the stand yesterday at Townsville Supreme Court where he said he shared a cell with Taylor in August 2015.

He said the first nights were restless and he was waking up "carrying on, screaming".

Davison told the court Taylor later opened up telling him about the night, how there was fight at a unit, before they put McCabe in the boot of a car and drove him north of Townsville.

"He (Jason) was standing over near the edge and he said something or stepped forward and Jason punched him in the face and (another man) kicked him and he tumbled down the hill," Mr Davison said.

He said Taylor told him the pair returned to the site where Mr McCabe had been dumped and "panicked" when they heard him speak.

"Michael was making noises and stuff," Mr Davison said.

"(Jason said) he remembered the look on the guys face when he threw rocks at him.

"They continued to throw rocks at him - Jason said 'I'll never forget the look on his face when I threw the last rock- he stopped making noises and I knew he was dead by the look on his face' - that was pretty much it."

Davison told the court Taylor drew diagrams of the events on the night of the alleged murder.

He said Taylor asked him to give him an alibi in exchange for money.

Under cross examination, defence barrister Simon Lewis questioned Davison's reliability as he had a history of dishonesty.

Mr Lewis quizzed Mr Davison about a string of fraud crimes where he fleeced thousands of dollars from victims.

Mr Davison told the court he didn't remember the ins-and-outs of each and every offence and he was part of a fraud ring and a boiler-room.

Mr Lewis accused Mr Davison of pretending to assist Taylor particularly with the alibi, which he then took it to police to get a benefit to get a deal on his sentence.

"No," Davison responded.

The prosecution finalised its case on Friday

The trial will continue Monday.