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Justin Stein: The man accused of killing Charlize Mutten made stunning claims about the schoolgirl’s mother to police during his second interview.


The man who allegedly murdered nine-year-old Charlise Mutten lashed out at the girl’s mother in a second interview with police, saying he lied to protect his fiancee but overheard her «talking about running», a jury heard.

Justin Stein spent more than two hours talking to police on Jan. 14, 2022, two days after prosecutors say he shot the girl twice and put her body in a barrel before rolling it down an embankment near the Colo River.

Moments after the interview ended, the jury heard a second interview took place where the officer said there were concerns about what Stein said in the first interview.

The officer said they had an off-the-record conversation where Stein was told they were «quite concerned» he was lying.

“You said the previous version was not entirely true and you said you would like to talk to us,” the officer said.

Stein (pictured) ran into the girl’s mother during the second interview with police

The body of Charlise Mutten (pictured) was found with two gunshot wounds in a barrel near the Colo River

The body of Charlise Mutten (pictured) was found with two gunshot wounds in a barrel near the Colo River

In the footage played to the jury, Stein said there were elements of his story that were true, but there were «some aspects that were missing.»

A 33-year-old man is facing trial in NSW High Court in Parramatta after pleading not guilty to murder but admitting disposing of the nine-year-old’s body.

Charlise was visiting her mother, Kallista Mutten, who was engaged to Stein at the time, during the school holidays.

She spent her time in Sydney split between Stein’s family property on Mount Wilson, where she was allegedly shot and killed, and a caravan park called Riviera Ski Gardens in Lower Portland, about 1.5 hours away.

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He said the story about the real estate agent taking care of Charlis was «not his thing» but rather a story told to him by Ms. Mutten.

In the first interview, Stein told police he took Charlis to the house on January 11 and left her with a real estate agent the following morning, with the agent offering to look after the nine-year-old girl because she woke up ‘vomiting’. .

But he changed his story and claimed Mrs Mutten was with her daughter the whole time.

«I can’t describe her reasoning and her mindset that she has a lot of issues when it comes to custody,» he said in a second interview played for the jury Friday.

“Kallista was planning on taking Charlis… as for where she actually is, I don’t know, I didn’t know when she was going to do it.

He told officers that his fiancee had been ‘planning to marry Charlis’ for some time and he ‘overheard’ her talking to someone else several times.

Stein said Ms. Mutten initially did not want to go to the police, even though he urged him to contact them.

Stein claimed he was looking for the girl as he allegedly drove around Sydney with her body in a barrel in the back of his womb (pictured)

Stein claimed he was looking for the girl as he allegedly drove around Sydney with her body in a barrel in the back of his womb (pictured)

«For once I didn’t do anything wrong here and that’s the God’s honest truth,» Stein said.

He went on to claim to officers that he had no idea where Charlise was before insisting that the girl might be with Ms Mutten’s ex-boyfriend.

When asked how the story about the real estate agent came about, Stein said Ms. Mutten «dropped it on him.»

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«All hell’s going to break loose the next minute … that’s why it looks so bad,» he said.

“She basically threw this shit load of sh** on me…It’s like I’m hung out to dry.

Stein said he tried to ask Ms Mutten where Charlise was but never got a «straight answer» from her.

He said he didn’t know why he told the police the lie, but he loved «that woman» and wanted to protect her.

«But at the same time, I’m the one who goes crazy’… I don’t really get involved,» he said in the footage.

The first interview was played to the jury on Thursday and showed Stein breaking down and crying, telling police the schoolgirl ‘meant the world’ to him and that she would be his ‘little girl’.

Asked if he believed Charlise might no longer be alive, Stein replied that he thought she would be ‘fine’.

«In my heart I think she’s going to be fine because I know the type of girl she is … if something happened, she’d leave a sign or something,» he said.

The police asked if he was involved in the girl’s death.

He replied ‘No…no…never’.

Stein said he tried to ask Ms Mutten (pictured) where Charlise was but never got a

Stein said he tried to ask Ms Mutten (pictured) where Charlise was but never got a «straight answer» from her.

«That child means the world to me, if something happened I would never live with myself,» he said.

Stein told police he would have told them in his ‘heart’ if he had known something bad had happened to the girl.

«That kid really means the world to me, you know what I mean, I don’t have a lot of experience, but this was my chance,» he said, starting to cry.

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“She’s going to be my little girl.

Charlis’ body was found in a barrel wedged between trees on the Colo riverfront on January 18, 2022.

Stein is accused of killing the girl between 7:16 p.m. on January 11 and 10:06 a.m. on January 12.

After his arrest in January 2022, Stein denied killing Charlis in an interview with a correctional services officer, but said he was «in the vicinity when Kallista Mutten shot the girl,» the jury heard.

A toxicology report showed that Charlise tested positive for Stein’s schizophrenia medication.

The trial continues before Judge Helen Wilson.



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