‘ THERE’S BLO0D EV­ERY­WHERE’ Mur­der trial hears chilling triple- 0 call

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy. smith@ news. com. au

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.”

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