Nelson Andrae Patea and Aaron James Crawford pleaded guilty to manslaughter, while Crawford – who orchestrated the attack on Mr Dufty, his best friend – also pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse.
They were sentenced to eight and 10 years, respectively.Mr Dufty, 37, was picked up in a Mack truck and taken to a remote part of the Gold Coast hinterland where he was bashed unconscious, Gold Coast Bulletin reported. Liam Rawhiti Bliss and Clinton Lee Earl Stockman also pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter over Mr Dufty’s death.
The body, which has never been found, was then burned by Crawford and Stockman while they were high on ice at a property near Casino, in northern New South Wales. Mr Dufty was targeted after $32,000 worth of marijuana allegedly grown by him and Crawford went missing, and Crawford enlisted Patea and Stockman to question him.
Patea, who was unaware Mr Dufty had died, called a co-accused the next day to ask whether the father-of-two had admitted stealing the drugs. The Patea brothers were seen laughing in the courtroom, and Lionel Patea smiled as he gave his guilty plea.
Sentencing was set for Tuesday morning to allow a relative of Mr Dufty to attend court.
Lionel Patea is already serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his girlfriend Tara Brown just two months after Mr Dufty was killed.The former bikie enforcer bashed Ms Brown, 24, to death with a fire hydrant cover as she lay trapped in her car which Patea had rammed off the road with his vehicle. Ms Brown suffered ‘non-survivable’ brain injuries after being bludgeoned repeatedly with the 7.8kg metal slab Patea took from the side of the road.
Patea had been in a relationship with Ms Brown for four years when he murdered her. They had a daughter together in 2012.
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