Dufty murder accused has case dismissed

Ed Jackson
One of the men accused of murdering Gold Coast father Greg Dufty has had the charge dismissed.

A man accused of being involved in the 2015 murder of Gold Coast father Greg Dufty has had the charge against him dismissed.

Ethan Clarke, 21, was released after his lawyer David Funch successfully argued in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday that statements against his client by two co-accused were inadmissible.

Mr Clarke was one of six men charged with murdering Mr Dufty, who was last seen in July 2015.

Mr Funch told a committal hearing the only evidence against his client was statements given by Liam Bliss and Clinton Stockman, who have already been committed to stand trial for Mr Dufty's murder.

He said those statements were inadmissible because of a legal ruling that co-accused cannot be used as crown witnesses against another accused.

Police prosecutor Nillin Lynch told the court that without the statements, there was no case against Clarke.

Magistrate Kay Philipson agreed with Mr Funch that the statements were inadmissible and dismissed the charge.

"An accused is not a competent witness for the prosecution in Queensland," Ms Philipson said.

Bliss, Stockman, and brothers Lionel and Nelson Patea have all been committed to stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court for the murder at a date to be set.

On Monday, the final co-accused, Aaron James Crawford, was also committed to stand trial.