November 22 2014

– A NEW ZEALAND man has been found “cut into pieces” and stuffed into a esky in rural Australia.

Queensland police found the grisly remains of Campbell Paterson’s body after a public tip-off led them to bushland to the southeast of Cairns, in the state’s Far North region.

Police said Mr Paterson had disappeared but was never reported missing. Seven days ago detectives began a search and on Thursday their suspicions of foul play were confirmed.

Mr Paterson had been working in Cairns and returning to Napier, where his wife and four children live, every three to four months.

A family member told Hawke’s Bay Today yesterday the whanau was “just getting to grips” with their loved one’s violent death.

She said the family was “not willing to release a korero [statement] just yet”.

“We are having a family get together tonight and will be talking about it [among] ourselves. It’s obviously very difficult and sad for us right now, especially [for] Campbell’s kids and wife.”

A family friend added that Mr Paterson’s New Zealand-based family were informed of his death on Thursday night following an identification process.

She said the body, which had been “cut into pieces”, is due to return to New Zealand on Monday.

Early on Thursday morning Cairns local David Leslie Hickson, 32, was charged with Mr Paterson’s murder and interference with a corpse after police executed a search warrant at a Cairns home. Queensland police said the crimes are alleged to have occurred on November 7.

Far North Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said Mr Paterson and Hickson were known to each other.

“We believed there were some suspicious circumstances around the potential this guy might be missing and we’ve launched it from there. “It really started as something really minor.”

The Cairns Post reported two crime scenes were established at a single-storey house in Edmonton, a southern suburb of Cairns, and in dense bushland where a body had been located in a chilly bin.

On Thursday, Queensland State Emergency Service volunteers also examined nearby streets and searched surrounding properties.

Mr Asnicar said police were investigating whether Mr Paterson’s body had been moved following his death and hoped residents might be able to shed light on what happened.

He said detectives were using “a range of methods” to track the victim’s final days.

“We worked back from there to work out who he had been associating with or who he had been doing business with prior to his disappearance,” he said.

Detectives closed the crime scene early yesterday morning.

– Sam Hurley


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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