Keith Foggin reported his alleged killer to police for theft just months before his disappearance, his mother and daughter have told a court.
Cassandra Davies and her grandmother, Anne Gardener were today witnesses in the trial for Darley man Christopher Trotter, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Foggin.
The truck driver disappeared on September 24, 2015. His body has still not been found.
Crown Prosecutor, Daryl Brown said that Mr Foggin reported the accused to police in July 2015 as he believed Trotter would not return his XD ford station wagon, which was delivered to Trotter’s business, Maddingley Car Care, three years prior.
Trotter and Foggin allegedly made arrangements in 2012 for the mechanic to restore the vehicle over time.
Davies and Gardener said that between 2013 and 2015, Mr Foggin had expressed concerns that he paid thousands of dollars on the repair of his car but had not sighted the vehicle since it was first delivered to the accused.
The court heard Mr Foggin had attended Maddingley Car Care on two occasions, however the vehicle was not ready.
On both occasions, Trotter loaned the victim a vehicle to drive to Queensland to be with his family.
Foggin later purchased both vehicles for his mother and daughter, the court heard.
Ms Davies said after making plans to move to Queensland, her father attended Maddingley Car Care to pick up the XD station wagon on September 22 2015.
“He caught a bus to Bacchus Marsh. He was going to see the mechanic and pick up the car, he wasn’t leaving without the car,” she said.
“Apparently the vehicle was at a mate’s place. The first day the mechanic couldn’t get hold of the mate because he was working. The second day it was being dropped off, brought out. He refused to let dad go out to where the car was”.
Ms Davies said her father was set up in a camper van, owned by the accused, for a period of two days.
“He said that if he needed to pay for accommodation it was going to come out of the last little bit that was owed, because the car was meant to be ready.
“Because of that, he ended up staying in [the camper van]”.
The court heard Mr Foggin believed the accused was making excuses and soon became “agitated”.
“He was starting to feel like a bit of an idiot for believing [Trotter] for so long,” Ms Davies said.
On the morning of September 24 2015, Ms Davies spoke to her father, who said the mechanic had paid for an appointment to register the vehicle at VicRoads in Ballarat.
Mr Foggin never attended the VicRoads appointment. He was last seen at Maddingley Car Care by customers at around 10:30am that day.
Mr Foggin’s belongings, including clothes, phone chargers and the keys to his daughter’s house, were found in the campervan located at the accused’s workshop.
Miss Davies said her father kept in regular contact with family, sometimes calling twice a day.
“He said he would message me or call me once [the vehicle) got there. I didn’t receive anything that day”.
The trial continues.