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AustraliaMurder accused who buried wife 'was panicked and trapped in a lie'

08:40  11 february  2019
08:40  11 february  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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The defence barrister for a man accused of murdering his wife nearly two decades ago has told a jury he was “trapped in a lie".

Edmund Ian Riggs has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife Patricia Riggs at their Margate home, north of Brisbane, in 2001 but has admitted to twice burying her body.

Mr Riggs previously told a jury his wife died accidentally when she spat on him, he pushed her and she hit her head on a bed post during an argument.

During his closing arguments, defence barrister Lars Falcongreen told the Supreme Court: “What Mr Riggs did was a terrible thing. He deprived his kids of knowing where Patricia was and he deprived her other family of that same knowledge.”

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“Of course people panic, of course people make stupid decisions, of course people overreact and of course people get caught in a lie," he said.

"The bigger the stakes, the more incentive there is to keep lying.”

Murder accused who buried wife 'was panicked and trapped in a lie'© AAP A jury in the murder trial of Edmund Riggs has heard he buried her body following her allegedly accidental death during an argument, before he dug her remains back up and reburied them under the shed at the family home.

The jury has previously heard Mr Riggs buried her body in bushland off a back road in Morayfield.

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Mr Riggs then dug up his wife’s bones a few years later after panicking when he saw machinery in the area. That’s when he reburied the remains behind the shed of the family home in Margate.

In addressing the jury, Mr Falcongreen said:" Your job is not to judge him for that... he will be punished for what he did in this regard to the fullest extent of the law.”

Murder accused who buried wife 'was panicked and trapped in a lie'© AAP Defence lawyer Lars Falcongreen told a jury that he must be found not guilty because his actions while panicked were inexplicable to police, but were not considered 'murder'.

Mr Riggs has pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse. His barrister went on to to argue that what happened wasn’t murder.

“When the stakes are high the lie is maintained at all costs. Once he moved the body, how could he expect the police to believe him when he said it was just an accident?" Mr Falcongreen said.

The defence barrister also said Mr Riggs was fearful of missing out on his children’s lives and fearful of going to jail.

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Murder accused who buried wife 'was panicked and trapped in a lie'© AAP During the trial, the Riggs' son, Edgar 'Ned' Riggs attended the trial of his father.

“Once he moved that body he’s trapped in a lie," he said.

“Panic and shock can do strange things to people.”

Mr Falcongreen told the jury that even if they think Mr Riggs “probably” murdered his wife they must find him not guilty as they must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt.

Later, Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller appeared before the court to make his own closing statements.

In his address, Mr Fuller said Riggs was "not just a liar. He's calculated, he's manipulative and deliberate."

He also said that the evidence presented to the jury throughout the trial points not to an accident but "a violent interaction between (Mr and Mrs Riggs)".

"There is no support for his account," he said.

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