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A man accused of perverting the course of justice in relation to the last-chance appeal of convicted killer Susan Neill-Fraser has told the court he made “a stupid mistake”.

Neill-Fraser is trying to convince the court she has new evidence that could see her murder conviction for the death of her partner, Bob Chappell, be overturned.

Stephen John Gleeson, 57, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice in the case.

He told the court he had been acting under duress, which had included a veiled death threat.

“Being under duress has put me in a position where you’re likely to make a mistake and certainly I’ve made a mistake, a stupid mistake,” he said.

Crown Prosecutor Jack Shapiro told the court Gleeson had been “duped” by a group of Neill-Fraser supporters.

Gleeson is serving a five-and-a-half-year jail sentence for causing permanent brain injuries to a friend when he repeatedly hit him with antique press iron.

At the time of Mr Chappell’s disappearance, Gleeson was living in his car at Marieville Esplanade, near where the couple’s yacht was moored.

Gleeson repeatedly told police he was drunk that night and did not see anything …

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