‘ I DID IT. SHE IS DEAD INSIDE’ Officer tells court of chilling confession
DANE Andrew Pilcher asked Corinne Henderson’s new boyfriend “was it worth it?” after stabbing her to death, a court has been told.
Police bodycam footage from the night Ms Henderson died was shown on the second day of Pilcher’s trial in the Supreme Court in Townsville yesterday.
Pilcher has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his ex- partner in her Idalia unit on September 26, 2015.
It has been alleged Pilcher stabbed Ms Henderson 21 times less than an hour after seeing a Facebook photograph of her with new boyfriend Dwayne Wickham.
Senior Constable Ian Wanchap told the court he arrived at Sanctuary Apartments in Idalia at 11.01pm on September 26, 2015, and met Pilcher in front of a unit.
He said Pilcher told him: “I did it mate, I did it. She is dead inside.”
Sen- Constable Wanchap’s bodycam footage, which was played to the court, showed the officer walking into the unit and to a bedroom where a woman was lying on the ground, dressed in underwear and a singlet. Her body appeared to be covered in blood.
Sen- Constable Wanchap said Pilcher was arrested and escorted to a police van.
“Dwayne Wickham was approximately five to 10 metres away from the van, which we were actually approaching. We were approximately six metres from Dwayne, Dane Pilcher stated: ‘ It was a shame, Dwayne,’” he said.
“As we got to the van, we started addressing Pilcher’s wounds. At that stage I had yet to shift Mr Wickham.
“Mr Pilcher then stated: ‘ Was it worth it Dwayne?’”
Sen- Constable Wanchap said he then asked for Mr Wickham to be moved out of Pilcher’s sight.
“As Dwayne passed us, passed behind me, Mr Pilcher said: ‘ Did you get your shot away Dwayne?’”
Mr Wickham told the court on Monday that Ms Henderson asked him to go into the bathroom when Pilcher arrived at her unit.
Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen QC yesterday asked why he did not emerge from the locked bathroom when he heard Ms Henderson in distress.
“It was only a couple of seconds that it turned from being a calm voice of agreement, then scared and running,” he said.
“That was it, there was no time to react. There was no time to even think.”
Senior Constable Gerrad Kennedy’s bodycam footage from September 26 was also shown to the court. It showed that after seeing the woman’s body, Sen- Constable Kennedy walked to a