Coast’s underbelly revealed in trial of Bundaberg man
BIKIES, guns, drugs and debts. The Gold Coast that Darren Britza was killed in was a dangerous one.
Witnesses in the trial of Bundaberg man Shane Anthony Eric Hansen and co-accused Dean Mark Wills, accused of Mr Britza's murder, have described a world filled with drugs, beatings over drug debts and shotguns hidden in industrial sheds.
Mr Britza was brutally bashed and stabbed by two men at a drug dealer's industrial shed on the Gold Coast in 2001.
But Mr Hansen and Mr Wills deny they were the two men involved in the death.
In 2008 two fishermen found Mr Britza's corpse, wrapped in a tarp, buried under a bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Witness Sandra Louise Elliot told the court she knew Mr Britza through an associate Debbie Smith and her husband John Todd and later let Mr Britza move in with her and her partner.
She said Mr Britza regularly bought drugs from Mr Todd - and was in debt to Ms Smith.
She said armed groups would come to her house multiple times every week looking for Mr Britza when he lived with her. Ms Elliot said Mr Britza was in Ms Smith's "black book" of debts and was being bashed to coerce him to pay her back.
She said Ms Smith's son-in-law "Shorty" was a "senior member" of the Odin's Warriors motorcycle gang - which Ms Smith and Mr Todd had links to.
But Ms Elliot admitted to Crown Prosecutor Michael Cowan she had only assumed or guessed Mr Britza was in debt and that Shorty was a senior member of the gang.
Mr Hansen's mother Karen Hansen said she had helped her son move to Bundaberg in about 2004.
She said Mr Hansen moved to Bundaberg as a builder and carpenter about three years after the alleged murder.
She said he had sold a car bought soon after the date Mr Britza died in order to put a deposit down on land in Bundaberg.
The trial continues.