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Slain Queensland teen Tiffany Taylor tried to blackmail lover, court hears

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A witness tells the court that after he decided to end his arrangement with the 16-year-old he felt she became more demanding and threatened to blackmail him.

Missing teen call girl Tiffany Taylor attempted to blackmail a man she met for sex for thousands of dollars claiming she had been raped, a court has been told.

Police charged the 16-year-old with attempted extortion after she demanded the man she met via the Craigslist website pay $3000 to buy her silence over the false allegation.

Witness Mark Turner says he had sex with Tiffany twice at a park near a toilet block and gave her $2700 over the two months the pair knew each other.

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"At no point in time did I feel I was paying for that sex in a prostitute-style," he told the Brisbane Supreme Court.

"She asked for some financial assistance to pay her debts. It didn't seem overly high so I thought 'Sure why not'."

Mr Turner said he decided to end the relationship in April 2015 after Tiffany's requests for money became "more demanding".

"I told her I was no longer interested and felt she was trying to get money out of me," he said.

"Her response to that was to threaten me with going to the police with a (rape) allegation."

Tiffany disappeared three months later after she arranged to meet Rodney Wayne Williams, 65, for paid sex via the Oasis social networking website.

Williams allegedly murdered Tiffany after he picked her up from a Logan motel, where she lived with her 45-year-old boyfriend Gregory Hill.

He has pleaded not guilty and says he dropped her at a truck stop west of Brisbane. Her body has never been found.

Mr Turner told the court on Wednesday that Tiffany claimed via text she would receive a $50,000 victim compensation payment and "he would be dragged through the mud" and go to prison.

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"I didn't respond ... I went straight to the police," he said.

Officers had Mr Turner set a meeting up with Tiffany and she was taken into custody and charged.

He told the court she showed him government-issued identification saying she was 18.

She also told him her mother had recently taken her own life and she was being held prisoner by a guardian to whom she owed money.

Earlier, prosecutor Philip McCarthy QC told the jury that after Williams picked Tiffany up from the motel, he drove to Larapinta industrial park where "something happens" while he was 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.

Readers seeking support can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyond blue on 1300 22 4636.

Reported with AAP

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-teen-tiffany-taylor-tried-to-blackmail-lover-court-hears-qld-news/a6f63743-6351-435a-8193-c3be5d355ade

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