Killer wants exemption from 'no body, no parole' laws
During his own bid for freedom, Nelson Patea has spoken for the first time about the remorse he feels about his role in the death of Gold Coast man Greg Dufty.
The convicted killer told the Parole Board Queensland today he had no idea where the father-of-two's remains were until he read a statement from his co-accused.
Mr Dufty's body has never been found because it was incinerated on a bonfire on a property in NSW.
But defence lawyer Campbell MacCallum said Patea should not be subjected to ongoing detention under the new No Body No Parole laws because he wasn't involved in its disposal.
"Mr Patea had no knowledge firstly that Mr Dufty was deceased," he said.
"There's evidence that he may well have still been alive when he was taken away in the truck."
Mr MacCallum said as a result Patea did not ever have "the capacity" to tell police where the body was.
While giving evidence, Patea agreed he had no knowledge of what had happened to Mr Dufty following his beating on July 6, 2015.
When asked if he felt remorseful and regretful about what had happened, he said "definitely".
Patea was sentenced to eight years' jail in May after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Dufty.
He is eligible for parole in January.
The Parole Board Queensland will now consider its decision.