The man accused of murdering Sydney schoolgirl Quanne Diec has told the Supreme Court he had to falsely confess to get to a safe place.
Vinzent Tarantino, 52 has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and killing the 12-year-old, whose body has never been found.
“The gun was pointed at me the whole time.
“I couldn’t recall straight away who it was but I knew who it was … it’s the same police officer who I found in bed with my partner in 1992.”
He said he was also shown material in jail cells at two different locations which led him to believe his family was “all dead.”
It was in that context he said he agreed to lead police to the body in bushland south of Sydney.
“Because of all the threats that had been made, I had no idea of the location of any body,” he said.
“I had no option but to cooperate at that stage.”
The accused killer struggled to keep his composure throughout the day.
At one stage he repeated in a raised voice, “it’s all there”, even after the judge ordered he return to the dock.
He also addressed Quanne Diec’s family directly to tell them they had been misled.