Justin Stein trial: Mother knew details of Charlise Mutten’s death, jury told

The mother of alleged killer Justin Stein knew Charlise Mutten had been shot twice, even though police did not release information about the schoolgirl’s death, a jury has heard.

Mr Stein faces trial after pleading not guilty to murder but admitting disposing of the nine-year-old girl’s body.

The 33-year-old is accused of killing the daughter of his ex-fiancée Kallista Mutten on property owned by his parents before dumping her body, which was hidden in a plastic barrel, near the Colo River.

But he claims he saw Ms Mutten shoot her daughter on the family property on the night of January 12 after the pair had spent the day injecting ice and having sex together in Sydney’s Centennial Park.

Ms Mutten faced the trial as a witness earlier this week, where she denied shooting her daughter and asked Stein’s lawyer: “Really?” when she was charged.

Stein’s mother Annemie took the witness stand on Thursday where the jury heard she was at Katoomba police station on February 17, 2022 – one month after Charlise’s body was found.

She spoke to the officer in charge, Detective Sergeant Bradley Gardiner, who told her the fatal shot “seems consistent” with a rifle found near the Mount Wilson estate.

“She was shot twice, right? That’s what they’re reporting,” Annemie told Sgt Gardiner, the jury heard.

He replied: “We only reported that Charlise died from a gunshot wound, we did not release any information.”

Annemie replied that she “didn’t know what was going on” but hoped the police would “keep an eye on her”.

In court on Thursday, she told the jury she was “absolutely” thinking of Ms Mutten.

The jury heard defense claims that Mrs Mutten shot and killed her daughter behind a chicken coop on the Mount Wilson property on the night of January 12.

Under questioning from her son’s lawyer, Timothy Kent, Annemie told the court that the relationship between Mrs Mutten and her daughter was not “what it should be”.

“The way she was with her child … the aggression she showed to her child was not the comfortable mother-daughter relationship it should have been,” she said Thursday.

The court heard briefly on Thursday from Damien Cossey, who the jury heard supplied Mr Stein and Ms Mutten with $50 worth of marijuana and $100 worth of methamphetamine and needles around midday on January 12.

Prosecutors say Charlise was already dead when Mr. Stein picked up Ms Mutten from a caravan park 90 minutes away from Mount Wilson before they traveled to Surry Hills and bought the drugs from Mr. Cossey.

But the defense claims Charlise was still alive and lying in the back seat of the ute.

Asked if he saw anyone else in the car besides Mr. Stein or Ms. Mutten, he said, “No, I didn’t.”

In her testimony this week, Ms. Mutten told the jury that Mr. Stein said Charlise woke up vomiting in the early hours of January 12 and left her in the care of the auctioneer before leaving to spend the day together.

The pair spent the day injecting themselves with ice and having sex before the jury heard they returned to the Mount Wilson estate at around 8.44pm and found no one home.

The jury heard that Mr. Stein claimed he went to look for Charlise on January 13 around 4 p.m., but prosecutors say he dumped the barrel containing Charlise’s body.

The barrel containing Charlise’s body was found on January 18, 2022, after police went to the scene after examining Stein’s phone.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up on Friday and the defense will begin on Monday.

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