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Canterbury dairy employee homicide trial: Defendant’s brother takes the witness stand

Joshua Dylan Morris-Bamber in court docket.

A person has testified to a frantic race late at evening to attempt to cease his brother from ‘beating up’ a dairy farmer discovered murdered in his mattress the following morning.

Tony Grant Waldron, 29, was discovered lifeless at his farm Gardiners Rd, Rakaia, 45 minutes south of Christchurch, on September 18, 2019, after failing to report for milking at 5.30am.

After a large murder investigation dubbed “Operation Gardiner”, Waldron’s ex-wife, Alanah Bamber, 35, and her cousin, Joshua Dylan Morris-Bamber, 28, had been charged with homicide.

They deny murdering Waldron or collaborating in his dying.

Alanah Jane Bamber has pleaded not guilty.  Pictures / Pool
Alanah Jane Bamber has pleaded not responsible. Photos / Pool

Yesterday, and once more at present, Isak Morris-Bamber testified within the homicide trial of his members of the family on the Christchurch Excessive Court docket.

He stated he heard his brother – who he was very near – was “offended” and heading to the agricultural property in Waldron late on September 17, 2019.

Panicking, he rapidly dressed and left his internal Christchurch flat and drove south in his automobile to the farm. He says he hoped he might beat him there and discuss him out of doing something.

The court docket heard earlier that Joshua Morris-Bamber allegedly requested his cousin that evening: “What’s Tony’s tackle? I must vent my anger.”

The Crown says Bamber inspired Morris-Bamber to significantly assault Waldron, who she stated had been having an affair along with her bridesmaid, to “educate her a lesson.”

Alongside the way in which, Emily Templeton messaged companion Isak Morris-Bamber at 11:15 p.m. to say, “Do not assist him,” then “Cease him,” earlier than including a couple of seconds later, “Nobody do not go to jail tonight.”

Tony Waldron.  Photo/Facebook
Tony Waldron. Picture/Fb

He responded with fears that if his brother Joshua had “already began” by the point he obtained there, there could be no approach to cease him.

His companion begged him to return dwelling and never become involved.

Requested by Crown prosecutor Andrew McRae what he believed his brother was planning on doing, Isak Morris-Bamber informed the jury he assumed he was going there “to beat Tony”.

He then began receiving textual content messages from Alanah Bamber.

“I believe come dwelling, there is not any stopping him,” she texted him at 11:28 p.m., the court docket heard.

“I believe he’ll come out and in clear…it is too late, higher one life than two.”

Isak Morris-Bamber has determined to return dwelling.

When he arrived he was greeted by Bamber who reportedly demanded he delete their textual content message trade.

When requested how he felt about it, he informed the court docket: “Somewhat scared to be trustworthy.”

However he deleted them and began taking part in video video games to attempt to calm himself down.

That night, Waldron went to mattress round 12:56 a.m. after taking part in the Fortnite on-line online game with a pal.

The Crown alleges Morris-Bamber drove about 45 minutes south on SH1 to Waldron’s farm, with cellphone knowledge and CCTV from NZTA cameras monitoring his actions.

His automobile, in response to the Crown, was captured driving previous a golf course heading in the direction of Gardiners Rd at 12:56 a.m.

The identical automobile passes the identical golf course once more, returning to Rakaia, at 1:04 a.m.

Together with the driving time, the Crown stated Morris-Bamber had “at the least 4 minutes” at Waldron’s home, which they stated was “sufficient time” to enter and fatally assault him whereas he slept.

A autopsy examination means that Waldron was struck by a strong weapon at the least 3 times within the facet of the top, ear and neck.

Waldron suffered a fractured cranium – dislodging a 4cm x 2cm bone fragment – together with different a number of cracks and a fractured jaw.

Morris-Bamber left rapidly, Crown claims, stopping briefly to cover ‘medico-legal vital objects’ just like the homicide weapon and bloody clothes which he later allegedly moved once more. They might by no means be discovered, the court docket stated.

Isak Morris-Bamber additionally informed the court docket that he traveled to Twizel for Waldron’s funeral.

He remembers leaving a member of the family’s home late at evening when Bamber stopped him, Templeton and Morris-Bamber and stated, “I simply need you [Joshua] to know that they know you are planning on going.”

His brother reportedly replied, “The much less you understand, the higher.”

Morris-Bamber’s protection lawyer, Anne Stevens KC, defined to Isak Morris-Bamber in cross-examination that when he drove to the farm in a panic that evening, it was a guess from him that Joshua “was going to punch Tony”, which he agreed to.

He admitted he had no info from both member of the family that he was offended with Waldron.

“There was by no means any unhealthy blood between Tony and Joshua,” he stated.

The trial, earlier than Decide Gérard Nation, continues.

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