Two plead guilty on charges related to death of Anthony Stott


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Two men will face sentencing in March after pleading guilty on charges related to the death of Anthony Stott. The popular Brisbane teacher died when hit by a semi-trailer on the M1 after three people held him captive at a farmhouse.

Mark Frost and Craig Button pleaded guilty to detaining and assaulting Mr Stott to obtain advantage. They will appear for sentence in Lismore District Court in March.

Anthony Stott, a much-loved member of the Aqualicious Masters Swimming Club, visited his parents in Sydney in February 2020 following a South American holiday. He then flew home to Brisbane, reportedly acting strangely during the flight. His father requested a police check after Anthony failed to show for work on February 10.

According to court documents, Anthony Stott arrived at a Cudgera Creek farmhouse at around 3.30 am. He did not know the occupants who claimed he waved a knife and acted like an ‘ice junkie’.

Tied to chair and assaulted

Mark Frost and Lauren Grainger, who lived at the farmhouse, along with visiting friend Craig Button, tied Anthony Stott to a chair and assaulted him with golf clubs.

They also photographed their captive and texted the images to friends asking if anyone recognised him.

Anthony had previously abandoned his BMW in the middle of the M1. Speed cameras recorded the vehicle exceeding the speed limit on the highway earlier.

He later escaped the farmhouse and ran onto the M1 where he was hit by a semi-trailer and killed.

Of the three present that night at the farmhouse, Lauren Grainger has pleaded not guilty. She will face court in August.

No one will face charges over the actual death of Anthony Stott.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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