Former ‘vigilante’ leader accused of incinerating a woman’s body in a tent fire is wrestled from court after launching an expletive-laden outburst against police from the dock
- Nick Cross, 31, hurled insults at police after being charged with murder
- He has been charged with the murder of Maddison Parrott in a tent fire
- Court hears Cross is a heroin and meth addict who is coming down in jail
The man accused of incinerating a Geelong woman in a tent has lashed out at police from the prison dock.
Nick Cross, 31, of no fixed address, defiantly gave his middle finger to someone within the Geelong Magistrates’ Court before unleashing an extraordinary attack on police.
‘Vic Pol takes kids. You f**kin dogs,’ he yelled as guards wrestled him out of the packed court room.
Nick Cross lashed out at police in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court
Maddison Parrott was allegedly murdered by Nick Cross inside a tent at the Geelong Showgrounds
The heavily tattooed man had earlier sat through his brief filing hearing slouched in a chair.
He shook his head in disgust as Magistrate Ann McGarvie granted media access to his charge sheets.
He has been charged with the murder of Maddison Parrott in a tent fire at the Geelong showgrounds last week.
Todd Daryl Sell, 34, from Colac and Tracey Menzies, 34, from Bell Park are charged with being accessories to murder after the fact.
Todd Sell (right) has been charged with helping Cross knowing he had committed murder
Todd Sell appeared in Geelong Magistrates’ Court today via videolink
All three were arrested at gunpoint at a home on Gipps Street in Greystanes, in Sydney’s west.
Officers surrounded the house and dragged the trio out in handcuffs after reports they could be armed.
Paramedics treated them at the scene as they were injured during the arrests. Neighbours said they had been in the house for less than 24 hours.
The court heard both Cross and Menzies were withdrawing from methylamphetamines while Cross also had a shocking heroin habit.
Menzies, who appeared in court sporting bright red hair, yelled out to her family members for assistance as she was lead from the court before telling them she loved them.
The family members, believed to be her parents, made no comment as they left the court.
A woman believed to be the sister of Cross abused the waiting media pack as she left.
She barked obscenities as she crossed the road with a friend, calling media a ‘pack of dogs’.
The court heard police will need a longer than usual period to compile a brief of evidence against the trio due to the state of Ms Parrot’s body.
Court documents allege Sell and Menzies knew Cross was guilty of murder but made no effort to contribute to his apprehension, prosecution or punishment.
Cross formed a vigilante group in 2016 after a group of teenagers tried to break into his home as he hid inside with his 10-year-old daughter.
‘Here I have my daughter who still believes in Santa Claus and 2km down the road there is a 12-year-old armed with a knife trying to steal someone’s car,’ he said at the time.
‘The kids are led by a few guys who are about 30. They are always armed with knives or poles and they are becoming more brazen.’
Cross claimed at the time to have 260 citizens patrolling the streets at night with him, and to have grabbed a young offender and made him sit in his shed for two hours until police arrived.
Ms Parrott’s loved ones spoke to The Age on Friday.
They said she was a natural-born leader who was living with her parents at Waurn Ponds. The family had only recently returned from a trip to Bali.
Those close to Ms Parrott said she wanted nothing more than to be a princess, but when her marriage broke down in late 2017, she had to learn to rebuild.
All three are due to reappear in court in May.