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Peter Falconio backpacker murder case key witness believes convicted killer is INNOCENT and 'very clean' man was killer

Mirror logo Mirror 10/12/2016 Keyan Milanian

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A key witness in the infamous murder case of Peter Falconio believes police have got the wrong man.

Aileron Roadhouse manager Greg Dick claims to have seen Mr Falconio's girlfriend, Joanne Lees, talking to another man before the British backpacker, from Hepworth in West Yorkshire, disappeared in 2001.

His body has never been found.

And Mr Dick reckons Bradley John Murdoch, who was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years in prison over the tourist's murder, knows nothing about the killing.

He told NT News : "I saw her speak to somebody outside my place. I didn't take any notice of them until well and truly after it." 

© Mirror The businessman claims to have seen Ms Lees speaking to a 'very clean, neat' man who 'looked like he could live in the bush' at another roadhouse 100km north of Alice Springs, on the same day the British man was murdered, July 14, 2001.

He said: "He was going to a good place where he could have disposed of the body. I've got a lot on my mind of it, but there you go."

And he added: "I still reckon they've jailed the wrong man."

Mr Falconio, who was 28 at the time, and Ms Lees were travelling at night along the Stuart Highway near Barrow Creek in the Northern Territory when a man in another vehicle flagged them down.

© Mirror He told them that he had noticed that their Kombi van had engine trouble.

After Falconio went to the back of the vehicle with the man to take a look, Lees heard a shot fired.

The man threatened Lees with a gun, tied her up and covered her head, but she claims to have escaped while he was distracted moving Falconio's body.

She then hid for five hours in nearby bushes before running out onto the road and flagging down a truck driver who removed her cable ties and took her to safety.

Police later found a pool of Falconio's blood covered in dirt beside the highway near Barrow Creek.

In 2003, Murdoch was charged with the murder, found guilty and given a life sentence, with a minimum 28-year non-parole period, during his Northern Territory Supreme Court trial.

Mr Dick was a witness at Murdoch’s murder trial in 2005.

© Mirror But Murdoch has been told he won't be released until he reveals the location of the British backpacker's body.

However, Mr Dick believes the convicted killer has no idea of the whereabouts of Mr Falconio's remains.

He believes the tourist's body is probably in the ranges of 'Policeman's Waterhole' in Davenport Range National Park, where the man he saw talking to Ms Lees was headed.

Only recently, a French tourist was fatally stabbed in the neck in front of his 30-year-old wife.

Phileppe Jegouzohe, 33, was killed while travelling with Aurélie Chorier.

They has stopped near Connors Well rest stop on the Stuart Highway.

Melbourne man Pande Veleski has been accused of the murder.

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