A man who had gone searching for his father has told how his vehicle was rammed by a car carrying his dad’s former business associate in a motel carpark where his father’s body was later found.
Kurt Davis testified today that he had gone looking for his father Peter Davis on the night of May 30, 2011 after he had been unable to contact him during the day.
Brothers Ambrose Clarke and Xavier Clarke have pleaded not guilty to murdering Peter Davis and are on trial in the Supreme Court.
Kurt Davis testified today that he had tried unsuccessfully to contact his father and decided to check motels and hotels along Great Eastern Highway saying he "was just searching for dad and I wasn’t going to stop until I found him".
He testified he turned into Toorak Road while trying to check Toorak Lodge and noticed a man walking quite fast before he drove past a blue car and a silver hatchback.
He said he turned around and as he was driving back, he realised the blue vehicle was his father’s former business associate Ambrose Clarke’s car.
He said he drove slowly past and that’s when he noticed that Ambrose Clarke was seated in the front passenger seat.
Mr Davis said there was a man in the driver’s seat and the man he’d seen walking was leaning into the vehicle talking to them.
"I thought... ‘what the hell is going on’," he said.
He said he wanted to go back to see what was going on and turned left on to Great Eastern Highway before accidentally turning into the Great Eastern Motor Lodge while trying to get back to Toorak Road.
Mr Davis said he drove down and was reversing back when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw his father’s car parked in the carpark.
"I freaked out," he said.
He said as he was pulling out, the blue car carrying Ambrose Clarke "came really fast and pulled in front of me".
He said the car reversed and he followed, before the blue car’s high beams were turned on.
"They drove towards us and touched us... it was a soft nudge... (like) let us out," he said.
He said the car’s wheels spun and attempted to push him.
"Ambrose was pretty much shitting himself when he saw who it was," he said.
Mr Davis then testified that his car was damaged as the blue vehicle tried to push its way past before managing to leave the carpark.
"They pushed their way through," he said.
Mr Davis said he did not recognise the driver of the blue car and he testified that Ambrose was wearing white overalls "like ones used for painting or forensics".
He said he reversed and unsuccessfully tried to follow the blue car, before calling 000 and his brothers.
"I was hysterical," he said."I was scared... I didn’t know what to do."