– The sadistic killer of a young hairdresser will today be quizzed by police investigating whether he tried to pressure a witness in another murder case.
David Patrick Clifford is serving 23 years for murdering Elsa Corp, 26, while he was on parole.
He bashed, stabbed and strangled her in a South Melbourne hotel room in February 2010.
Police yesterday asked a magistrate for an order allowing them to interview Clifford and another prisoner, Ngoc Bui.
Bui is seeking leave to appeal to the High Court against his conviction and 25 1/2 year sentence for the 2006 murder of a small-time drug trafficker.
Michael Daou was kidnapped, tortured, and shot twice in the head, and his body was then burned.
Detective Senior Constable Scott Riley told the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday that a letter to a key witness in Bui’s case had been found inside Clifford’s cell at Port Phillip Prison.
The court heard police believe the handwriting in the letter matches Bui’s, and that the letter contained information only Bui would know.
Senior Detective Riley said the letter asked the witness, who can’t be identified, to change his evidence.
The court heard Bui had asked Clifford to send the letter to the witness.
Bui’s special leave application to the High Court is due to be heard next month.
Magistrate Simon Garnett approved the police application, which allows detectives to interview both Clifford and Bui for two hours today – Shannon Deery