‘ I DID IT. SHE IS DEAD INSIDE’ Of­fi­cer tells court of chill­ing con­fes­sion

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

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

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