Admission of guilt in brothel war

A BROTHEL boss has admitted organising the bashing and intimidation of a rival, who was shot dead during the attack at Chinderah.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday, Daniel Clayton Scott, 36, pleaded guilty to being an accessary before the fact to manslaughter, and accessary before the fact to assault with the intent to rob while armed.

Radiographer and brothel owner Victor Elliot, 50, was shot dead by two former soldiers in a bungled kidnap and extortion attempt in May 2000.

He was killed as he left the construction site of a legal brothel he was building at Chinderah, near Tweed Heads.

Chris Maxwell, QC, for the Crown, told the judge Scott was angry that Elliot's brothel was only 300 metres from his own premises.

In November 2007, former soldier Mike Anthony Grupe was jailed for at least 14-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to Mr Elliot's murder.

His accomplice in the shooting, former army colleague Dale Gary Utz, was killed in 2003 by Grupe, who was acquitted of his murder on the grounds of self-defence.

Scott's sentencing will be mentioned before Justice Peter Hidden in the Supreme Court on August 13.



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