Accused murderer's fate now hinges on jury's deliberations

VICTIM: Amanda Quirk.
VICTIM: Amanda Quirk. Contributed

A SUPREME Court jury will today continue deliberating on the role Rachel Narelle Smith played in the death of her flatmate Amanda Quirk.

Justice Peter Lyons told the jury panel in Brisbane yesterday they had three options when considering verdicts - murder, manslaughter or accessory after the murder.

The jury began discussing the case at 5.04pm but retired at 5.30pm to continue today.

They have heard how Ms Quirk was "brutally" beaten and tortured to death in their Dudleigh St home, not long after she had copped an earlier beating on a drug run to Brisbane.

Smith, 42, claims she did not play a role in the murder and was only involved because of threats which were made by their other Booval flatmate, Christopher James Swan, 39.

Swan has already been sentenced to life behind bars for the brutal killing and dumping Ms Quirk's body in forest in northern NSW.



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