Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{ ACCUSED KILLER GLUED NICOLE'S EYES SHUT} {'He Put Lighter Fluid into Her Bellybutton and Lit It'} {Turner 'Dumped Her but Did Not Kill Her'}; Jury Told of Rough Sex, Drugs, and Interference with Corpse

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{ ACCUSED KILLER GLUED NICOLE'S EYES SHUT} {'He Put Lighter Fluid into Her Bellybutton and Lit It'} {Turner 'Dumped Her but Did Not Kill Her'}; Jury Told of Rough Sex, Drugs, and Interference with Corpse

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Byline: Melinda Siegmeier melinda.siegmeier@capnews.com.au

WHEN accused murderer Steven Roy Turner realised Nicole Leiske (pictured) was dead he allegedly super glued her eyes shut.

Police claim he told them he "didn't like seeing her dead eyes staring" at him.

This detail was one of many to be revealed in the Rockhampton Supreme Court yesterday as Turner faced day one of his murder trial.

He is charged with killing Ms Leiske, a 32-year-old mother of three, on February 5, 2005, but has pleaded not guilty.

He did, however, plead guilty to interfering with a corpse, when he dumped her body in bushland at the Caves.

Crown prosecutor Richard Pointing told the court Turner, 34, changed his version of events a number of times during police interviews after Ms Leiske disappeared.

Because Ms Leiske's body was found months later on May 29, forensic evidence could not establish a cause of death due to extreme decomposition.

Ms Leiske was described as "hopelessly addicted to drugs".

Mr Pointing told the court that during one of the interviews with police Turner admitted to doing a number of things to Ms Leiske's body after she died.

Turner allegedly told police that before she died they were involved in consensual bondage sex.

Mr Pointing said Turner tied up Ms Leiske's hands and feet and tied a plastic tie, attached to a ball around her mouth.

He said Turner told police he then left her tied up, only to return 30 minutes later and find her motionless.

"He told police he wanted to find out if she was alive," Mr Pointing said.

"He said 'I didn't like seeing her dead eyes staring' so he super glued her eyes shut.

"He said he took her into the bedroom and poured lighter fluid into her bellybutton and lit it up.

"He also jabbed her in the (backside) to test whether she was alive."

Mr Pointing said Turner then bundled Ms Leiske's body into a bag, drove her to The Caves area and dragged her about 300 metres to a dry creek bed. …

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