‘We just thought he was friendly’: Family of missing prostitute, 16, reveal chilling details ‘about how her 38-year-old boyfriend struck up a relationship with her when she was 12’
- Tiffany Anna Taylor vanished after allegedly meeting Rodney Williams for sex
- Williams has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering Tiffany
- Tiffany’s boyfriend, Gregory Hill, says teen was ‘normal’ last time she saw her
- Mr Hill also denied pimping the 16-year-old out or knowing she was selling sex
16-year-old Tiffany Taylor (pictured) disappeared in July 2015 after allegedly meeting Rodney Wayne Williams, 65, for paid sex arranged through the Oasis website
The family of pregnant teen Tiffany Taylor was desperate for her to cut ties with a ‘user’ boyfriend more than two decades her senior before she disappeared, a court has been told.
The 16-year-old disappeared in July 2015 after allegedly meeting Rodney Wayne Williams, 65, for paid sex arranged through the Oasis website.
Her body has never been found.
Williams has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering Tiffany after allegedly picking her up from the Waterford Motor Inn.
Messages between the pair showed Williams agreed to pay $500 for sex, but he says it never happened.
Tiffany’s boyfriend, Gregory Hill, 45, denies pimping the teenager out despite 300 messages about money and meeting men allegedly being found on his phone.
He also says he wasn’t intimate with Tiffany when she was a child.
But Tiffany’s brother-in-law Nathan Stocks told the court Mr Hill began pursuing her for a relationship when she was about 12-years-old.
Witness Nathan Stocks (left) and Tiffany Taylor’s sister Chloe Taylor (centre) leave the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Thursday, February 27, 2020
Tiffany’s boyfriend, Gregory Hill, 45, (pictured) denies pimping the teenager out despite 300 messages about money and meeting men allegedly being found on his phone
‘He started to be friendly with Tiffany and asked to take her out for dog walks and to the beach,’ he said on Thursday.
‘At the start, it wasn’t too bad but we all did not expect that was what his intentions were.
‘He was obviously a much older guy and we just thought he was a friendly natured person.’
Mr Stocks said Tiffany’s family attempted to discourage Mr Hill but he ‘just kept working his way in’.
They also tried to ‘talk sense’ to Tiffany but she had begun smoking cannabis and chroming and was spending time with Mr Hill instead of going to school.
‘Greg was a very demanding person … she loved him but I couldn’t see anything to say he loved her,’ he said.
‘He was just a user getting what he wanted out of her.
‘There was always a bad feeling I got off him.’
Tiffany left her family’s home soon after and began living with Mr Hill.
Mr Stocks told the court in the four years he knew Mr Hill he saw him work just ‘one or two days’.
‘He could have got a job … instead of sitting in our house smoking weed,’ he said.
The body of pregnant teen Tiffany Taylor, 16, (pictured) has never been found
After Tiffany disappeared, Mr Stocks said he searched for Tiffany at a well-known local drug house, where one man said he had recently seen the teenager.
Earlier, prosecutor Philip McCarthy QC told the jury that after Williams picked up Tiffany he drove to Larapinta industrial park where ‘something happens’ while he is stopped for about 20 minutes
He said Williams then drove to the Esk-Ferndale region, where police have searched dams and bushland for Tiffany’s body, without success.
Later in the day, Williams also allegedly set about laying a false trail of communication with the teen on the Oasis website.
One message read: ‘Sorry I didn’t turn up, decided I wasn’t going to pay for it.’
The trial continues.
Rodney Wayne Williams, 60, (pictured) has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering Tiffany after allegedly picking her up from the Waterford Motor Inn