Murder Trial Focuses on Visit to Australian Self-Storage Facility

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Jurors in a murder trial are now weighing information about a visit by the defendant to a self-storage facility in Subiaco, a suburb of Perth in Australia.

Cameron Mansell is on trial in connection with the disappearance and alleged murder May 3 of millionaire Craig Puddy. Police said Mansell killed Puddy after he threatened to tell police he suspected Mansell was stealing from Crawley Bar Basement, which Mansell managed. 

Puddy’s body has not been found and Mansell maintain he’s not involved. He claims Puddy was assaulted by a group of men over a drug debt.

On Wednesday, a taxi driver told the jury in court he drove Mansell from Observation Hotel in Scarborough on May 5 to National Storage in Subiaco.

Assistant manager Anne Elsner said the facility’s computer records show Mansell accessed his unit that day. It was the first time since January 2010. Elsner told the jury Mansell had forgotten his keys and asked her for bolt cutters to break the lock. Mansell told the storage managers he was in a hurry and needed to put some belongings in the unit.

After serving a search warrant on May 7 police found several items belonging to Mansell including a Honda headlight from a motorcycle, a small black suitcase, some plastic bags, a chamois, an iPod dock, a black organizer and a 2009 street directory. Some of the documents found in the plastic bags contained information about financial transactions.

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