De­tec­tive tells of ‘ I love you’ mes­sage

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

MURDER ac­cused Dane Pilcher sent a text mes­sage to his ex- part­ner Corinne Hen­der­son say­ing “I love you” and “I want your ba­bies” on the night she died, a court has heard.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ta­nia Ram­say told the Supreme Court in Townsville yes­ter­day she had re­trieved text mes­sages from peo­ple rel­e­vant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pilcher has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Hen­der­son in her Idalia apart­ment on Septem­ber 26, 2015.

The text mes­sages were ten­dered as ev­i­dence, and Crown pros­e­cu­tor Michael Cowen QC di­rected the jury to par­tic­u­lar mes­sages. He said there were mes­sages be­tween Pilcher and his friend Karyn Gill­ham about Ms Hen­der­son see­ing some­one.

“Mes­sage sent to Dane Pilcher: ‘ Je­sus, what’s your thoughts?’ And a re­sponse, on Septem­ber 26 at 10.19: ‘ Kill them both’,” Mr Cowen said.

Sen- Con­sta­ble Ram­say said she had ob­tained text mes­sages be­tween Pilcher and Ms Hen­der­son’s phones from a ser­vice provider, but was not able to re­cover all of them.

Mr Cowen read mes­sages al­legedly sent be­tween the pair on Septem­ber 26, 2015.

“A mes­sage that reads ‘ What­ever Pilcher. I have had plenty of pic­tures with peo­ple. Think what you like. I am so over your bulls-- t and think­ing you can talk to me like s-- t’,” he said.

“At 22.07: ‘ I’m not tak­ing to you like shit. I love you. Why would you have a photo like that with him. Please ex­plain. I love you, I need you, I want your ba­bies’.”

Mr Cowen read an­other mes­sage sent from Pilcher’s phone to Ms Hen­der­son at 9.55pm.

“Wow, you and Dwayne at the races hey? You lied to me. Our love didn’t mean any­thing to you, I’m hurt be­yond be­lief, but ob­vi­ously that doesn’t mean a thing to you,” he said.

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