A man accused of the murder of a 12-year-old schoolgirl more than 20 years ago wanted to confess to the crime, a Sydney jury has been told.
Quanne Diec vanished while on her way to school in 1998, sparking one of the longest unsolved missing persons cases in NSW.
But in a breakthrough in the cold case, police arrested Vinzent Tarantino, 52, over the 12 year old’s alleged abduction and murder in 2016.
Diec was last seen in July 1998 as she walked to school from her Granville home.
Her body has never been found.
It is alleged Tarantino, who was staying 700 metres down the road from the schoolgirl’s family at the time, lured her into a white van, sexually assaulted her and killed her.
Tarantino was arrested 2016 and co-operated with police to search for Diec’s body in bushland at Bulli Tops near Wollongong but her remains were not found.
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At his murder trial on Monday, prosecutor Pat Barrett told the NSW Supreme Court the now 52 year old abducted the schoolgirl from Factor Street as she walked to the station before strangling her at his father’s nearby home.
Wanted to confess
Some 18 years later, Tarantino allegedly walked into a Sydney police station saying he wanted to confess to the murder, the jury was told.
The crown alleges Tarantino disposed of her in bushland south of Sydney.
Barrett said in his opening address that he expected the evidence would show the then-31-year-old took the schoolgirl from Factory Street as she walked to the station.
The jury was also told they would hear evidence from a woman who says she saw a young girl – believed to be Quanne – talking to someone in a white van through an open passenger side window on the same day she went missing.
– with AAP