#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: In 2019, former nightclub bouncer Vinzent Tarantino was found not guilty of her murder, despite the fact he confessed to police.
‘Missing Granville 12-year-old Quanne Diec died by homicide, inquest finds she was last seen walking from her home in Granville to a railway station in July 1998’
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An inquest into her death commenced last week and Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee found although the evidence did not allow for a finding for the place or precise cause for her death, she died by homicide on or after July 27, 1998.
Mr Lee has recommended the case be referred to the unsolved homicide team in the state crime command.
Detective Inspector Andrew Mackay confirmed Mr Tarantino remained a person of interest in the case.
“The disappearance and suspected murder of Quanne Diec remains an open case with the NSW police,” he said.
“We’re committed to the Diec family and we’re seeking to provide them the answers they so dearly need.
“The matter is an open investigation and there’s a number of lines of inquiry and (Vinzent Tarantino) is a person of interest.”
The Diec family did not attend the closure of the inquest.
“It is a very challenging time, they’re beautiful people, today wasn’t for them,” Detective Inspector Mackay said.
“The findings were expected, they’re very detailed and I acknowledge and thank the coroner for their good work.
“As a matter of course the investigation will proceed to the unsolved homicide team at the state crime command.”
Mr Tarantino confessed to Quanne’s alleged murder at a Sydney police station in 2016.
But at trial, he pleaded not guilty and his defence team argued he made the false confession because he feared for his safety and thought bikies were after him.
The court heard Mr Tarantino allegedly told a girlfriend he had done something “really bad” during a “botched ransom” and the girl was not meant to die.
It took the jury almost six days to return a verdict of not guilty.
The inquest findings reference “alleged admissions” made by Mr Tarantino, by calling his two brothers while he attended Sydney Police Centre.
“When I was out of it on drugs I did a horrible thing,” he said.
“I have to go in and open up … I’m going to be charged with murder … I killed a f***ing kid.”
In his police interview, Mr Tarantino made admissions to strangling and killing the 12-year-old at the back of his father’s house as part of a ‘stupid ransom attempt’ that went wrong.
In his findings, Mr Lee extended his “most sincere and respectful condolences” to Quanne’s family.
“The unbearable anguish, uncertainty and loss that a family experience after a loved one is reported missing is indescribable,” he said.
“This is particularly so when that loss is felt by a parent in relation to a child.
“It is hoped that one day some further information will be provided to Quanne’s family to hopefully allow them to find some measure of solace from such a tragic and devastating event.”
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