Jury retires in bikie associate’s murder trial

A JURY in the trial of a woman co-accused of murdering a Gold Coast bikie associate has retired to consider its verdict.

Jade Maree Clarke, 40, has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane’s Supreme Court to murdering 31-year-old Darren John Britza.

During the week-long trial, it was alleged Clarke and two other men attended a panel-beating workshop on Minnie St, Southport in March 2001 and brutally bashed Britza to death.


Key witness Paul Dewar told the court he was in his workshop at the time of the alleged attack.

The Courier Mail reports Dewar said he heard screaming and violent punching from inside the garage before the screaming stopped and he saw two men come from behind the wall dragging an unrecognisable Britza by the feet.

Dewar said Britza made a gurgling sound as the men laid him on a tarp and kicked, punched and stabbed him repeatedly.

His skeletal remains were found seven years later, buried under a bridge near Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland.