FAKE WIFE TWIST

Po­lice claim woman stood in to help mur­der ac­cused se­cure loan

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

A TOWNSVILLE man ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife al­legedly paid another woman to pose as her in the months be­fore her death so he could take out an $ 86,000 busi­ness loan.

Michael Ge­of­frey Hutchin­son al­legedly paid the woman $ 2000 to co- sign a busi­ness loan ap­pli­ca­tion on July 10, 2014. The loan was for Mr Hutchin­son’s se­cu­rity busi­ness and also in­volved tak­ing a sec­ond mort­gage on the fam­ily home.

It is un­der­stood his wife, Julie Hutchin­son, was op­posed to her hus­band go­ing into busi­ness alone. She van­ished with­out a trace on April 9.

Mr Hutchin­son has been charged with her mur­der. The new fraud charge was men­tioned in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yesterday.

The in­ci­dent al­legedly hap­pened nine months be­fore Mrs Hutchin­son’s death and Mr Hutchin­son is now fac­ing a charge of fraud for dis­hon­estly ob­tain­ing prop­erty from another with a value over $ 30,000.

The mat­ters were ad­journed un­til Septem­ber 2.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Mick Harms said a brief of ev­i­dence was still be­ing pre­pared.

“It’s a fairly com­plex in­ves­tiga- tion,” he said. “There are a num­ber of ex­hibits to get through.”

Po­lice will also be ask­ing for $ 101,000 in com­pen­sa­tion to pay back the fi­nance com­pany. The amount in­cludes the orig­i­nal loan amount plus in­ter­est.

Mrs Hutchin­son ( pic­tured) was re­ported miss­ing on April 9, 2015, af­ter her fam­ily had not seen her since March when they vis­ited the Con­don home she shared with her hus­band.

Two days later, Mr Hutchin­son was taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing be­fore be­ing charged on April 13.

Sol­diers were en­listed to join the search for Mrs Hutchin­son’s body last month but her re­mains still have not been found.

Large parts of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion were based around the move­ments of Mrs Hutchin­son’s car, a sil­ver 2004 Mazda 6 with Queens­land reg­is­tra­tion 622-HZE.

The Hutchin­son’s Chelsea Drive home was also foren­si­cally ex­am­ined and a Mount Louisa park was searched by po­lice.

A Face­book page was set up in hon­our of Mrs Hutchin­son ti­tled “Our Jules” and fea­tures dozens of posts and photos of the Queens­land Nickel sci­en­tist.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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