Murder accused boasted about 'baseball-batting' gym owner, court told

One of two men who agreed to kill a stripper’s former partner was overheard later boasting about how the victim would not be ‘‘f---ing her again’’, a court has heard.

Witness Kate Guise told the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday she was at a house in Moreland when a drug-affected John Ryan was talking in riddles three days after Hawthorn gym owner Wayne Amey went missing.

Ms Guise told police she overheard Mr Ryan proudly say ‘‘he won’t be f---ing her again’’ and ‘‘he won’t be f---ing with her again’’.

She said Mr Ryan described in a later conversation how he had hated Mr Amey after being told something about him by stripper Robyn Lindholm.

Mr Ryan was pretending to smash an invisible baseball bat in the air as though he was reliving what he had done, Ms Guise told the court.

She said he claimed to have ‘‘baseball-batted’’ Mr Amey and the bat had broken in two.

Under cross-examination, Ms Guise agreed Mr Ryan had been stumbling around and rambling in his drug-affected state and could have been reliving what someone else had done.

Ms Lindholm, 41, Mr Ryan, 37, and Torsten Trabert, 45, have been charged with murdering Mr Amey, 54.

Chief Crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert, QC, has told the court during a committal hearing for the three accused that Mr Amey was attacked in his Hawthorn apartment block’s underground car park just after 11.20pm on December 10, 2013, before being placed in the boot of a car and driven 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.

Mr Silbert said Ms Lindholm had been in a relationship with Mr Amey that had ended badly. They had been due in court over a property dispute the day after Mr Amey was attacked and disappeared.

Mr Silbert said Ms Lindholm had engaged Mr Trabert and Mr Ryan to kill Mr Amey.

She had allegedly repeatedly tried to get two other men to kill Mr Amey but they had refused before she turned to Mr Trabert and Mr Ryan.

Mr Amey was warned about what Ms Lindholm was planning and went to the Frankston police station on August 9, 2013, where he told them of the stripper’s intention to harm him, Mr Silbert said.

An intervention order was subsequently taken out against Ms Lindholm.

After allegedly dumping the body at Mount Korong on December 12, Mr Trabert told police that he, Ms Lindholm and Mr Ryan drove back to Kyneton before parting company.

Mr Trabert and Ms Lindholm then collected a yellow motorcycle and rode to a secluded spot in Kyneton where they had sex before riding back to Melbourne.

Heather Joel, Mr Amey’s girlfriend at the time, told the court he had been concerned for his safety and showed her a flick knife he kept in his car for protection.

Ms Joel said Mr Amey told her he needed to be careful not to upset anybody.

She said he explained that Ms Lindholm had been hanging around with dangerous people and he was afraid for his life.

Lawyer Craig Henderson, who had been acting for Mr Amey during his property dispute with Ms Lindholm, received an email from him on December 3, 2013, where he said: ‘‘I believe I am actually in danger. I believe the threat to me is real, serious and life-threatening.’’

The hearing before deputy chief magistrate Felicity Broughton continues on Thursday.


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