‘ Pilcher killed out of ha­tred’ Jury told mur­der ac­cused had in­tent

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

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.

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