Ambrose Clarke was stopped and spoken to by police about a traffic incident at a Rivervale motel involving his former business associate’s son shortly before the man’s body was found there, a Perth court has heard.
Sen. Const. Peter Handcock testified today he and Sergeant Peter Steeger pulled over Mr Clarke on Stoneham St, near Great Eastern Highway, shortly after midnight on May 31, 2011 and spoke to him about an incident at the Great Eastern Motor Lodge.
Mr Clarke and his brother Xavier Clarke are on trial in the Supreme Court fighting allegations they murdered Peter John Davis who was found in the boot of his car which was parked in the motel carpark.
Sen. Const. Handcock said Mr Clarke’s Hilux utility had damage to the rear panel and taillights and Mr Clarke told him he had been in an accident about 30 minutes earlier and was going to report it.
He said Mr Clarke was the only person in the vehicle and he seemed “calm and controlled” and said he had been at the motel enquiring about booking a room for the following night.
Sen. Const. Handcock said an alert was broadcast on the police radio about an incident involving two vehicles at the motel and he radioed to say he thought he had the “vehicle of interest”.
He then spoke to an officer on the phone who told him he was with a person named Kurt Davis who said he had been looking for his missing father and that Mr Clarke was a former business associate of his father.
Sen. Const. Handcock said Mr Clarke told him he was an ex-work colleague of Mr Davis’ but he had not seen him for three years and did not know where he was.
He said he did not know Mr Davis’ car or that members of his family were at the motel, Sen. Const. Handcock said.
Sen. Const. Handcock said he told Mr Clarke he would send a traffic infringement in the mail and that he would make further inquiries about the motel incident before letting him go.
About the carpark incident, Mr Clarke told Sen. Const. Handcock he was “scared and wanted to get out of there”.
Kurt Davis’ girlfriend Natasha Klanscjek testified today she was in Kurt’s car when it was “nudged” and “rammed” by a blue Hilux in the motel carpark before it managed to get out.
She said they had been looking for Kurt’s father and had accidently turned into the motel after they saw a car Kurt said looked “like Ambrose’s” and man he said looked like Mr Clarke on Toorak Road.
She said after driving into the motel carpark, Kurt began reversing when he saw his father's car and said "the f-ing bastard is here".
She said Kurt was on the phone to one of his brothers when blue Hilux came into the carpark.
Under cross-examination, she maintained that she was not wrong about how many people were in the blue car in the carpark and she insisted there had been two people.
She said shortly after the incident, Kurt called 000.
Police officer Sen. Const. Theron Kinghorn testified he was called to the motel to investigate the traffic incident and was directed to Mr Davis’ car.He said he wanted to look in the car to look for anything which might have indicated where Mr Davis was and Mrs Davis, who was there with Kurt and two other sons, gave him permission to smash the window and he then discovered the body under black plastic in the car boot.