A woman may have been murdered and thrown off a cliff by people she once considered friends because she “wouldn’t give them what they wanted,” according to a police notebook.
Video taken from a surveillance camera may hold clues to the murder as it shows someone with the same identity matching one of the suspects, allegedly throwing someone off a cliff.
The handwritten note, tendered during the coronial inquest into Peisley’s death, was written by Keren Fittler, a young woman who started mixing with the same crowd as the 19-year-old shortly after she disappeared from Katoomba in 1998. This crowd included Jeremy Douglas, who once lived with Peisley but allegedly broke into her house shortly before she disappeared, and his friend Saxon Holdforth.
Fittler recalls hearing on a number of occasions that a woman named Bel” had been ”put over a cliff.”
“Some of the things I have heard over the years is that Jeremy, Saxon and Olly [Peisley’s former boyfriend Oliver Tipping] took her in a car and bashed her and left her somewhere,” says the statement, written in December 2010. “After they’ve left her they’ve come back and got her body and done some things to her before or after she was dead and chucked her over the cliff.”
The inquest has heard that Peisley and her friends were addicted to heroin and would break into houses, including those belonging to their friends, to support their habits.
Douglas allegedly broke into Peisley’s home for a second time soon after she disappeared, telling an acquaintance ”don’t worry, she’s not coming back any time soon.”
In her statement Fittler recalls Holdforth talking about pushing a woman over a cliff.
”I was in this house with Saxon and he wanted to get into my pants … he said they did something to somebody and they put her in a boot,” the statement says.
”I don’t know if it was she [Belinda], but they put them in a boot and apparently the body was pushed over a cliff.”
Douglas and Mr Holdforth are people of interest at the inquiry.
The inquest will resume on April 10.