A Brisbane man accused of murder purchased protective clothing including goggles, a mask, gloves and boots to “work with acids” a week after his uncle disappeared, a court has heard. Robert James Wagner pleaded not guilty at the beginning of his Supreme Court trial in Brisbane to murdering his uncle Gerhard Wagner in January 1999. The court heard neither his body or motorbike has ever been found, and that his death was financially motivated because he held significant assets. Prosecutor Phil McCarthy said Robert Wagner was in a “precarious financial position” at the time of his uncle’s disappearance. He said an employee from a hardware store would give evidence about a customer who purchased protective clothing about a week later. “The customer he was dealing with specifically indicated that he was working with acids and he was working with acids to clean a garage floor,” Mr McCarthy said in his opening address. “Together through this trial we will learn about the precarious financial position of the defendant at that time. The prosecution told the jury it would hear evidence that Robert Wagner told a friend police had accused him...