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siberian khatru
11-08-2005, 05:54 PM
http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,17170437%255E421,00.html

Accused 'used head as bowling ball'

By Kevin Meade
08nov05

A MAN who allegedly decapitated a 17-year-old boy with a tomahawk in a suburban back yard later was said to have played with the teenager's head, rolling it in a paddock as if it were a bowling ball.

A chilling videotape showing police interviewing one of two men charged with the murder of transient teen Morgan Jay Shepherd was played in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.

Christopher Clark Jones, 22, told detectives in the interview recorded in April that his co-accused, James Patrick Roughan, 25, stomped on Shepherd's head several times before stabbing him with a kitchen knife, then decapitating him. Mr Jones and Mr Roughan are facing a committal hearing on charges they murdered Shepherd and interfered with his corpse.

Mr Jones, who repeatedly broke down and cried during the interview, told detectives the three were "mates" and were drinking at a table in the back yard of Mr Roughan's home in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Sandgate at dusk on March 29.

"We'd all had quite a bit to drink," he said.

An argument erupted between Mr Roughan and Shepherd and both fell to the ground. Mr Roughan then stood and stomped heavily on the teenager's head, Mr Jones said. Shepherd was bleeding profusely and was making a "choking" sound.

Mr Jones said Mr Roughan then ran to the house, returned with a kitchen knife and stabbed Shepherd several times in the back. After severing the teenager's head with a tomahawk, Mr Roughan wrapped the torso in a carpet, dragged it under the house and stabbed it repeatedly with the knife.

"The c...'s psycho," Mr Jones told the two detectives. "He was just so calm about it. It was nothin' to him."

Mr Jones said that next morning, Mr Roughan hugged him, saying, "us Celts should stick together", a reference to their Celtic ancestry. Later that day, with the aid of two other men, Shepherd's body was bundled into the boot of a car and driven to a property at Dayboro, north of Brisbane.

Mr Roughan sat in the back of the car with Shepherd's head in a plastic bag on his lap, Mr Jones said. A shallow grave was dug on the property and the torso buried.

Mr Jones said Mr Roughan laughed as he "bowled the head up the hill, like it was a bowling ball". The hearing was told there were more than 100 knife wounds on Shepherd's body when it was found. Detective Sergeant Craig Williams said most of the wounds were believed to have been inflicted after death.

tk13
11-08-2005, 06:08 PM
Play me my song.... here it comes again.

CosmicPal
11-08-2005, 06:09 PM
Dis da the kind er stuff dat happens when yer drink too much Foster's Lager, ya bloody lads.

I almost ended up in Queensland a few years ago. Thought about it long and hard, but decided to stay back in the States.

Rain Man
11-08-2005, 06:17 PM
It's all fun and games until someone loses a head.

Delano
11-08-2005, 06:22 PM
It's funny how threads about people torturing animals get remarks about how amazingly cruel the abuse is while this kind of story gets poked fun at.

ENDelt260
11-08-2005, 06:22 PM
If killing transients and using their heads for bowling balls is wrong, I don't want to be right.

ENDelt260
11-08-2005, 06:24 PM
It's funny how threads about people torturing animals get remarks about how amazingly cruel the abuse is while this kind of story gets poked fun at.
If the transient was a Raider fan we'd all be in deep shit.

Rain Man
11-08-2005, 06:25 PM
It's funny how threads about people torturing animals get remarks about how amazingly cruel the abuse is while this kind of story gets poked fun at.


I like animals. I don't particularly like people.

CosmicPal
11-08-2005, 06:25 PM
It's funny how threads about people torturing animals get remarks about how amazingly cruel the abuse is while this kind of story gets poked fun at.

'Cause animals are considered lesser beings. A dog isn't able go to the kitchen and pull out a steak knife, return, and stab you in the back a hundred times.

Delano
11-08-2005, 06:27 PM
'Cause animals are considered lesser beings. A dog isn't able go to the kitchen and pull out a steak knife, return, and stab you in the back a hundred times.

Oh thanks for clearing that up. It makes perfect sense to me now.

ENDelt260
11-08-2005, 06:27 PM
'Cause animals are considered lesser beings. A dog isn't able go to the kitchen and pull out a steak knife, return, and stab you in the back a hundred times.
Give me enough beer and the average dog will outsmart me.


I can't tee 'em up any higher than that folks.

tk13
11-08-2005, 06:30 PM
Give me enough beer and the average dog will outsmart me.


I can't tee 'em up any higher than that folks.
Or at least have the decency to not pee all over himself in the house.

siberian khatru
11-08-2005, 07:04 PM
Play me my song.... here it comes again.

http://www.genesis-music.com/Images/albums/nurserycryme/cryme1.jpg