October 8, 2013 – 12:02PM
Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman
Alexander Duffy leaves the Supreme Court. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Three young men who chased a teenager through Tuggeranong bushland with a baseball bat after preparing a car boot for his dead body have been found guilty by an ACT Supreme Court jury.
Alexander Raymond Iacuone, 23, Alexander Duffy, 24, and another man who cannot be named stood trial for two weeks in the court.
A jury took less than seven hours of deliberating to convict the men of conspiring to kill a 17-year-old, who had earlier fallen out with Iacuone.
The trio discussed plans to kill the teenager using a baseball bat, and obtained a shovel and mattock to help bury his body.
They then lined a car boot with a shower curtain to prevent his blood from spreading.
The victim was lured outside of his home by the unnamed defendant, who lied that he needed to talk about relationship problems.
Once outside, Iacuone ran at him with the baseball bat.
The victim fled, running through bushland near Lake Tuggeranong.
He was chased down, and eventually confronted by the trio.
Iacuone gave evidence that he wrestled with the victim, while the unnamed defendant hit both of them in the legs with a baseball bat.
The pair rolled down the spillway of a nearby dam on Tuggeranong Lake, and the victim was able to escape.
He was helped by a nearby resident, and the police were called.
Officers intercepted the trio’s car near the victim’s house, finding the bat, shovel, mattock, and shower curtain.
Iacuone and the unnamed defendant argued they never intended to kill the victim.
The pair said they were only intending to bash him, and that there was never any intention to actually commit murder.
Iacuone said he had been “a bit creative” when he told the others he wanted to kill the victim, who he said he had been scared of after numerous threats.
Duffy, who did not know the other two well and came into the plan at a later stage, said he was only a bystander, and had never intended to harm the victim.
He looked shocked as the jury delivered its verdict on Tuesday morning.
There were audible gasps from the public gallery as the guilty verdict was announced.
The men were granted bail by Justice John Burns, with all three never having breached bail before.