A Sydney man, who now denies murdering a schoolgirl in 1998, confessed the crime to police three years ago.
“It affected so many people’s lives and I just regret it,” Vinzent Tarantino said in a November 2016 police interview played to a NSW Supreme Court jury on Thursday.
The 52-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering Quanne Diec, 12, who vanished on July 27 in 1998 after leaving her Granville home to walk to the train station on her way to school.
Her body has never been found.
Tarantino’s lawyer, Belinda Rigg SC, has told the jury her client made false admissions because he feared for his life and believed he was being pursued by bikies.
She said Tarantino was a bouncer at Sydney’s Blackmarket nightclub in 1997 and was the first witness down in the cellar where three bikies were fatally shot by rivals.
While Tarantino did not believe he had a mental illness, Ms Rigg said the jury could conclude he was psychotic when he made admissions.
The jury on Thursday watched the second part of a video showing a handcuffed Tarantino directing police on November 23, 2016, through bushland as he looked for the area where he said he buried the girl.
The jury then watched his second police interview, made five days later, during which he said he felt terrible about what had happened.
“I don’t know how I became like that at that time,” he said.
The trial is continuing before Justice Robert Beech-Jones.