‘ THERE’S BLO0D EVERYWHERE’ Murder trial hears chilling triple- 0 call
JAMES Cook University vicechancellor Sandra Harding will give evidence today at a Senate inquiry into higher education funding reforms.
The Federal Government’s overhaul of higher education includes increasing student fees by up to $ 3200 over a fouryear degree and cutting university teaching funding by 2.5 per cent in 2018 and 2019.
Professor Harding has previously lodged a submission to the inquiry, in which she said reducing resources would mean “particular universities will find it much harder, I fear impossible, to sustain those aspects of their operations that make them unique”. TOWNSVILLE’S Dancenorth has won two industry awards for one of its productions.
The dance company received the accolades at last night’s Helpmann Awards for its production Attractor.
The production was a collaboration between Dancenorth, Indonesian music duo Senyawa and Melbourne choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek.
Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc were awarded Best Dance Production while the prize for Best Choreography in Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production was won by Obarzanek and Guerin. COWBOYS player Matt Scott has teamed with social services organisation Centacare North Queensland to promote responsible gambling.
The announcement came at the start of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week yesterday. “More than $ 100 million was spent on pokies in Townsville and the North West Region in 2016,” Centacare North Queensland executive director Peter Monaghan said.
“Partnering with Matt is one way we encourage … everyone in the community to … be informed about the practical ways to gamble and minimise harm.” DANE Pilcher saw a photo of his ex- partner Corinne Henderson with her new boyfriend less than an hour before he stabbed her 21 times to her face, throat, upper torso and back, a court has been told.
Pilcher has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Henderson on September 26, 2015. He is on trial in the Supreme Court in Townsville.
Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen QC told the court that 40 minutes before killing Ms Henderson about 11pm, Pilcher sent a text message to his friend Karyn Gillham saying he would kill Ms Henderson.
Mr Cowen said the relationship between Ms Henderson and Pilcher lasted about two years until she started breaking it off in July 2015.
He said on September 26, fly- in fly- out mine worker Ms Henderson went to the races in Townsville with her new boyfriend Dwayne Wickham and family members.
Mr Cowen said Ms Henderson’s former co- worker, Dion Tangey, saw photos posted to Facebook and sent them to Pilcher.
He said that night Pilcher had been at Cowboys Leagues Club with friends. He left and booked a taxi just after 10pm.
Mr Cowen said Pilcher stopped at BP Fairfield and bought a Red Bull drink before travelling to Ms Henderson’s unit in Oonoonba Rd.
“He climbed up, on the outside of the lattice work that was covering the air conditioning unit, and he smashed the kitchen window,” Mr Cowen said.
“Inside the unit at that time, having retired for an early night was Corinne and her boyfriend Dwayne.”
Mr Cowen said Ms Henderson told Mr Wickham to go into the bathroom. He said she went to help Pilcher, who had cut himself.
Mr Cowen said Pilcher noticed a bunch of flowers – which were not from Mr Wickham – and took a kitchen knife and stabbed Ms Henderson 21 times.
“The prosecution case is this – having had a stated intention to kill her, him not being happy that she’d moved on in life, had finished her relationship with him, he forced his way into her apartment and stabbed her multiple times,” he said.
The court was yesterday played a recording of a triple- 0 call made at 10.57pm that night. “I killed my partner. My ex- partner,” a man says during the call.
The triple- 0 operator then asks: “And what’s your name sir?” The man replies “Dane” and goes on to spell out the name Dane Pilcher.
During the call, the operator asks “So you’ve killed your expartner?” The man replies: “I’m pretty sure she’s dead, yeah. She’s not moving at all, I’m pretty sure she’s dead. There’s blood everywhere. Everywhere. It’s everywhere, it’s everywhere. Oh Jesus, I can’t believe this has happened.”