Danielle Easey Trial: Dead Woman’s Facebook Account Was Used, Jury Says

With her plastic-wrapped body lying in a creek, Danielle Easey appeared to be asking her mother for $50 via Facebook, a jury heard.

That request was followed by a series of messages allegedly claiming Easey was in Sydney and “everything is fine”.

But a jury from the NSW Supreme Court was told on Wednesday that the author was Carol McHenry, who is accused along with Justin Kent Dilosa of murdering the 29-year-old Central Coast woman at McHenry’s home in Narara on August 17, 2019 to have.

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Easey’s decomposing body was found two weeks later in a stream near the M1 motorway near Killingworth.

McHenry and Dilosa point fingers at each other, claiming the other attacked and mortally wounded Easey.

The Crown says the pair worked together to cause at least really serious injuries.

The NSW Supreme Court trial is expected to learn that the victim’s mother, Jennifer Collier, sent various messages to her daughter via Facebook Messenger after they last spoke on August 16.

“There was some concern … because she realized someone was reading the messages, but she didn’t get an answer,” Crown Prosecutor John Stanhope said in his opening statement.

He said replies came on August 21 saying Easey “was in Sydney, everything was fine, she was with a friend, her friend was helping her”.

Two people stand trial for the murder of Danielle Easey, whose body was found in a creek. Recognition: AAP

McHenry does not dispute the Crown’s claim that she posed as a murder victim, her attorney said.

But instead of covering up her own crime, McHenry acted out of fear Dilosa would kill her next, attorney Tony Evers said.

“What she told police was that she was asked by Dilosa, she was asked to maintain a fiction that Easey was still alive,” he told the jury.

“You will note that Dilosa (at the time of the first messages) still had not disposed of Easey’s body.”

By throwing Easey’s phone away somewhere easy to find and having the victim’s mother wire $50 into her own account, McHenry left “breadcrumbs” for police to locate and ask them about the full story.

“She was too scared to go to the police herself,” Evers said.

Meanwhile, Dilosa’s attorney, Angus Webb, said his client’s ultimate case was “that he didn’t attack Easey.”

Cardiff man admits dumping Easey’s body in Cockle Creek, west of Lake Macquarie.

It was found days later on August 31 wearing a hazmat suit, wrapped in a doona, wrapped in plastic and finally wrapped in duct tape.

Easey had extensive scalp injuries, cranial depressions and stab wounds to her back, which Crown says is consistent with being attacked with a hammer and knife.

A witness subsequently convicted as an accessory is expected to tell the trial that each defendant accepted responsibility for Easey’s murder when he asked, “Who killed her?”

“At one point McHenry said ‘I did’ and then Dilosa said ‘No, she didn’t – I did,'” the Crown Prosecutor told the jury.

However, witnesses at the trial included alcoholics, ice cream consumers and criminals whose reliability and credibility issues would need jury judgment, McHenry’s attorney said.

The trial is expected to last until November.

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