‘ Pilcher killed out of hatred’ Jury told murder accused had intent
DANE Andrew Pilcher murdered his ex- partner Corinne Henderson out of “sexual jealousy” and hatred for her, a court has been told.
Pilcher, 38, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Townsville to murdering Ms Henderson on September 26, 2015 by stabbing her to death with a kitchen knife. The court has heard that Pilcher took a taxi to Ms Henderson’s Idalia unit that night after seeing a photo of her with her new boyfriend, Dwayne Wickham.
In his closing address yesterday, Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen QC told the jury there were numerous indications Pilcher had the intention to kill, including that Ms Henderson had multiple knife wounds, including defensive injuries to her hands, and that “severe force” had been used in the fatal blow to her back.
Mr Cowen said Pilcher did not perform CPR and asked neighbours to call police rather than an ambulance.
He said Pilcher had stated his intention to kill just half an hour prior, when text messaging his friend Karyn Gillham.
“When she asks him ‘ What are your thoughts?’ ( He writes) ‘ Kill them both’,” he said.
“At 10.21pm, she’d said to him ‘ S--- are you OK? Raging?’ He responded, ‘ This is going to happen’.”
Defence barrister Harvey Walters has told the jury to consider the defences of self defence, provocation and accident, arguing Pilcher was stabbed first by Ms Henderson.
Mr Cowen listed 22 reasons the jury could reject the evidence Ms Henderson stabbed Pilcher. He said Pilcher went to the gym, studied martial arts and was significantly taller than Ms Henderson.
“Would she be likely … to aggravate somebody she knows, who’s come crashing through her kitchen window, who’s tearing around the unit, looking for her new boyfriend, by threatening him and then stabbing him with a knife?” he said.
He said after killing Ms Henderson, the first thing Pilcher did was “mock” Mr Wickham, asking if he got his “shot away”. “That’s what this case is about, sexual jealousy,” he said.
Mr Cowen said text messages showed Pilcher felt “pathetic” at the time. “In one sense this isn’t just about sexual jealousy, this is about, at the point that he killed her, the hatred of her for putting him in this situation,” he said.
Justice David North is expected to finish summing up the trial this morning. The jury will then be sent to deliberate.