April and Ian Bailey’s bodies were so badly burned that only bones were visible, former firefighter Ronald Van Scherpenseel told the court.
April and Ian Bailey’s bodies were so badly burned that only bones were visible, former firefighter Ronald Van Scherpenseel told the court.

Partner’s drug run confession in siblings’ murder trial

THE partner of a woman whose badly charred body was found inside a house more than 15 years ago was out buying drugs when the blaze started.

Jason Minors jumped out of a car, screaming and yelling, when he realised the home where he had lived with April Bailey for about four years was on fire, a Brisbane court has heard.

Mr Minors said the fire was so ferocious that swings, which were located away from the house, melted.

April and Ian Bailey. Picture: Queensland Police
April and Ian Bailey. Picture: Queensland Police

The badly charred bodies of 29-year-old Ms Bailey and her brother Ian Bailey, 31, were found inside the burnt-out house at Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, on May 28, 2004.

The Brisbane Supreme Court has heard autopsies could not determine the cause of death, but there was evidence they were dead before being burned.

Mr Minors is testifying in the trial of Danielle Lee Fels, who is charged with murdering the siblings and setting their house alight.

He told the court he left the house with two people at least two hours before the fire was noticed by neighbours.

He said he went to get amphetamines from a friend and some things Ms Bailey needed, before returning home.

The siblings' bodies were so badly burned that only bones were visible, former firefighter Ronald Van Scherpenseel told the court earlier on Wednesday.

 

The Deception Bay house in which April Ann Bailey and her brother Ian Lee Bailey were allegedly murdered before it was set on fire
The Deception Bay house in which April Ann Bailey and her brother Ian Lee Bailey were allegedly murdered before it was set on fire

 

He said the house was "fully involved in fire", with smoke coming out of the building when he arrived.

He instructed two firefighters to go into the home.

After being told one body had been found, Mr Van Scherpenseel put on breathing apparatus and went inside.

The second body was found later when firefighters were extinguishing flames in another part of the house.

The Crown alleges Fels was involved in the murders and arson but did not act alone.

No one else has been charged with the alleged offences.

The police investigation remains open.



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