It was a set up - Murdoch's DNA was planted - False
Bradley Murdoch's defence has always rested upon the assertion that he was set up.
He was set up by James Hepi and a crooked WA Police officer and/or the N.T and or the S.A police force.
But Mr Murdoch's defence team has offered no proof or evidence of any kind. It was asserted the N.T police targeted Mr Murdoch right from the start, obtained his DNA and planted it on Joanne Lee's T shirt and the steering wheel of the Kombi. The obvious question is why would the N.T police force do that, why would they bother to set up a small time transporter of Marijuana? I can see no rational motive for that. Why would they do that from the start and then leave Brad Murdoch alone for more than a year?
There may have been motive for Mr Hepi to set Mr Murdoch, as it was Bradley Murdoch who ratted on his friend and cohort to the police in the first place. It was Mr Murdoch that drew first blood, so a pay back was in order. Mr Hepi did get his pay back, he told the police about Mr Murdoch's possible involvement in the murder of Peter Falconio. There is no evidence that suggests that Mr Hepi was in anyway involved in setting up the incident at Barrow Creek.
There is no evidence at all to support this theory and it makes no sense.
It is very common for criminals to claim their case was set-up. I think it would be impossible for the police to have obtained Mr Murdoch's blood and attached it to Joanne Lees T shirt within those first 3 days after the incident. Mr Murdoch was not on the N.T police radar, he was not even identified as a suspect until a year after the incident. Mr Murdoch had no credible alibi, a huge amount of circumstantial evidence against him and there was no one that could offer any evidence or testimony that could support Mr Murdoch's defence. The only option available for his defence team was to attempt to discredit Joanne Lees and to suggest the case was a set up, with the hope it would introduce enough doubt in the minds of the jury. Just as they did in the 2002 rape and abduction case.