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Slain victim spotted with "bag of meth", court hears

TIA Landers was seen with a bag of methamphetamine three days before her alleged murder on June 16, 2014, a court has heard.

De facto couple John Edward Harris, 44, and Linda Eileen Appleton, 42, have pleaded not guilty to murdering the 28-year-old mother of four whose body was found in a shallow grave in Beerburrum State Forest near the Glass House Mountains in July of 2014.

Ms Appleton and Mr Harris have pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse and guilty to depriving alleged witnesses Jake McKenzie, 24, and Ryan Morgan, 21, of their liberty on June 16, 2014, at Brighton.

Susanne Marie Files a short time ago told the Brisbane Supreme Court that on June 13, 2014, she and Ms Landers were sitting in a red Holden Commodore station wagon driven by Ms Landers.

Ms Files said Ms Landers received a phone call on one of two mobiles in her possession and during the call Ms Landers reached into a bag.

"I saw her pull a bag of rock out of her bag," Ms Files told Crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy.

Ms Files answered "yes" to Mr McCarthy's question about whether or not the "rock" was methamphetamine.

Ms Files also told the court she arranged to meet Ms Landers around 3.30am on the following day in Duffield Road, Clontarf.

Ms Files said she was sitting in her own vehicle when the Commodore drove off without its lights on.
She said a white car took off after it.

"I followed the other car," Ms Files told the court.

"I followed the white car that was following her."

After about 20 minutes, the Commodore pulled over and Ms Landers got out of the driver's side, Ms Files said.
"She went to the passenger side of the other car," Ms File said.

" She spoke to somebody and then continued to drive."

Ms Files said she followed the cars until she received a phone call from Ms Landers.

After that she stopped following the vehicles and went home, the court heard.

On Monday, the court heard Jake McKenzie  and Ryan Morgan were present when Ms Landers was allegedly murdered and that the defendants forced both of the men to put Ms Landers' body into a red Commodore station wagon.


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