Shocking last photo emerges of a teacher who was allegedly bound to a chair and held hostage before being hit by a truck in a bizarre killing
- Anthony Stott was bound to chair with rope in haunting imaged shared in court
- The shocking image is the last photo of the 43-year-old French language teacher
- Mark Frost, 46, and Lauren Grainger, 38, charged over alleged abduction
- A third person was arrested over the alleged incident on Thursday
A haunting image has emerged of a French language teacher who was allegedly tied to a chair and later hit by a truck.
Anthony Stott, 43, a teacher at prestigious private school St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, was pictured on a chair with a blank expression on his face and with rope wrapped around his body, the Courier-Mail reported.
The shocking image was tendered to the court on Monday and was allegedly sent by his abductors Lauren Clair Grainger, 39, and Mark Francis Frost, 46, hours before his death on the M1 at Cudgera Creek, south of Tweed Heads in New South Wales on February 10.
A third person was arrested on Thursday in relation to Mr Stott’s murder.
Police are yet to find the chair and rope allegedly used to tie up Mr Stott, despite an extensive search of the property.
Anthony Stott, 43, a teacher at prestigious private school St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane
Police allege the 43-year-old had earlier been tied to a chair at a property on Kanes Road in Cudgera Creek.
It is not known if he was freed or escaped before somehow making his way to the motorway.
Grainger allegedly told police Mr Stott was released the next morning and ‘casually’ walked towards the M1.
Witnesses said he raised his arms as he emerged from bushes by the side of the highway before he was hit.
Mark Francis Frost, 46, (left) and Lauren Claire Grainger, 38, (right) have been charged with detaining with intent to obtain advantage
Dashcam footage of the moments prior to Mr Stott arriving on their farm show his silver BMW stopped dead in its tracks on the left hand lane of the M1
Police opposed bail for Grainger, allegedly she had not been ‘completely honest’ with detectives and that knives similar to the one she claimed Mr Stott had were in the farmhouse’ kitchen.
Police on Thursday arrested a third person over Mr Stott’s (pictured) alleged killing
Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy denied her bail despite her brother putting up a large bond and offering a place to stay.
He said he was concerned Grainger would interfere with the ongoing police search for the rope and chair – key pieces of evidence.
Frost has not applied for bail and is still behind bars.
Grainger and Frost have previously been charged with taking or detaining Mr Stott with the intent to obtain advantage. The duo remain before the courts.
Police on Thursday arrested a third person over the incident.
A 49-year-old man was charged with taking or detaining a person in company with the intent to obtain advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, NSW Police said in a statement on Friday.
The man has been refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Friday.
NSW Police say Mr Stott’s BMW was found in the middle of the M1 at 2am on February 10 – a short distance from the Kanes Road home where he was allegedly tied up.
He was struck by the truck about 7am.
How a French teacher came to be killed on the side of a highway
WHO WAS ANTHONY STOTT?
The 43-year-old French teacher taught at St Peters Lutheran College at Springfield.
HOW DID HE DIE?
He was fatally hit by a semi-trailer while walking along the M1 at Cudgera Creek, south of Tweed Heads, on February 10.
WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED?
Mark Frost, 46, and Lauren Grainger, 38, have been charged with detaining Mr Stott with intent to obtain advantage.
They faced Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday. Grainger was denied bail while Frost did not apply for bail.
They are accused of holding him captive before he died.
A 49-year-old man is charged with taking or detaining a person in company with the intent to obtain advantage occasioning actual bodily harm.
COURT HEARS FIRST DETAILS
Grainger initially claimed she was asleep and unaware Mr Stott was at the property.
Police allege they found a photograph on Grainger’s mobile phone of Mr Stott tied to a chair.
It’s not known if he was released or broke free from the chair.
Grainger’s charge was adjourned for mention on April 6 while Frost will reappear on Wednesday.