A STRIPPER has been committed to stand trial over the murder of her former partner, who was found wedged between boulders at Mount Korong in central Victoria, having been strangled and stabbed to death.
Deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton found there was sufficient evidence for a jury to convict Robyn Lindholm and two men of murdering Hawthorn gym owner Wayne Amey.
Ms Lindholm, 41, is accused of organising Mr Amey’s murder over a property dispute involving a farm they owned at Bittern, south east of Melbourne.
She allegedly met with Torsten Trabert, 45, and John Ryan, 37, on December 10, 2013, at her Preston apartment and told them what to wear and how to cover their faces when confronting Mr Amey.
Police claimed she then handed the two men a swipe card to enter the underground car park at Mr Amey’s Hawthorn apartment block.
Mr Trabert and Mr Ryan allegedly attacked Mr Amey with a baseball bat in the car park just after 11.20pm that night before tying him up with rope, placing him in the boot of a car and driving away.
Mr Amey’s body was found wedged between boulders at a peak on the north side of Mount Korong on December 18.
The cause of death was multiple injuries including stab wounds, fractured ribs and neck injuries.
Ms Lindholm, Mr Trabert and Mr Ryan have pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Amey. A five-day committal hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court this week was told Ms Lindholm had been in a relationship with Mr Amey which ended badly. They had been due in court over a property dispute involving the Bittern farm the day after Mr Amey had been attacked and disappeared.
After his arrest, Mr Ryan claimed Ms Lindholm became excited as they looked for a place to dump the body, and sat on Mr Trabert’s lap.
He said Ms Lindholm later reversed Mr Amey’s red HiLux ute, which they had been travelling in, up to the boulders where they eventually left the body.
Mr Ryan said he and Mr Trabert pulled Mr Amey’s body from the ute’s rear tray and dropped him in a gap between large boulders before covering it with sticks and rocks.
Mr Trabert told police that he, Ms Lindholm and Mr Ryan then drove back to Kyneton before parting company.
He and Ms Lindholm later collected a yellow motorcycle and rode to a secluded spot in Kyneton where they had sex before riding back to Melbourne.
When Ms Lindholm was arrested, she denied any involvement in the murder, denied any suggestion she wanted to kill Mr Amey and denied ever travelling to Mount Korong.
Cindy Devine, a girlfriend of Mr Amey’s, told the court Ms Lindholm had threatened to go to a nursing home to slit the throat of Mr Amey’s mother and had also warned him she would burn down his gym and make sure his son was inside.
Ms Broughton ordered Ms Lindholm, Mr Trabert and Mr Ryan appear in the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on August 29.