GREEN- EYED MONSTER
How jealousy drove Dane Pilcher into a rage so intense he murdered the object of his obsession
CORINNE Henderson was on the cusp of beginning a new life.
The fly- in, fly- out mines worker ( left) had been offered a promotion, her romance with colleague Dwayne Wickham was blossoming and construction on her “dream home” was starting within days.
On September 26, 2015, she had spent the day with her parents, Mr Wickham and his mother at the Townsville Cup.
But an hour after she went to bed at her Idalia unit, she heard the kitchen window smash.
It was her jealous expartner Dane Andrew Pilcher, who had seen a Facebook photo of Ms Henderson and Mr Wickham and had told a friend he was going to “kill them both”.
He had climbed up to her third floor unit and kicked in the kitchen window to get in.
Pilcher, 38, was yesterday found guilty of murdering Ms Henderson, 32, by stabbing her 21 times with a kitchen knife.
The towering killer ( right) mutilated her body – slashing her face, neck, hands and back – before calling triple- 0.
Pilcher had pleaded not guilty, claiming self defence, provocation and accident.
A Supreme Court jury deliberated for 2 ½ hours yesterday before delivering their unanimous verdict at 3.50pm.
CORINNE Henderson was on the cusp of a new life.
The Townsville fly- in, flyout mine worker had been offered a promotion, her romance with colleague Dwayne Wickham was blossoming and construction on her dream home was starting within days.
On September 26, 2015, she spent the day with her parents, Mr Wickham and his mother at the Townsville Cup.
An hour after she went to bed at her Idalia unit, she heard the kitchen window smash – it was her ex- partner, Dane Andrew Pilcher.
Pilcher, 38, was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Ms Henderson, 32, by stabbing her 21 times with a kitchen knife. He mutilated her body – slashing her face, neck, hands and back – before phoning triple- zero.
Pilcher had pleaded not guilty to murder, raising the defences of self- defence, provocation and accident.
But a Townsville Supreme Court jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict at 3.50pm yesterday, deliberating for two- and- a- half hours.
Pilcher did not react or show any emotion as the verdict was handed down.
One of his supporters gasped loudly, and his father Norm Pilcher walked out of the courtroom before the matter was set down for sentencing on Thursday.
The court heard Pilcher had been in custody since September 26, 2015, the night he murdered Ms Henderson.
Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen QC said when Pilcher’s home was searched police found a rifle, ammunition and illegal steroids.
He tendered documents for Justice David North’s consideration, including victim impact statements written by Ms Henderson’s parents and brothers.
Ms Henderson’s friend Sally Jupp said the Henderson family travelled from Tasmania for the trial, but did not attend court until the verdict was handed down.
She said the family, who did not wish to speak to media, would be affected for the rest of their lives.
“( It would have been hard) having to relive all of the details of how horrific it was – if it was one stab, that fatal stab wound and that
THEIR DAUGHTER WAS THEIR WORLD AND I DON’T THINK THAT THEY’LL EVER BE THE SAME, EVER AGAIN
SALLY JUPP, A FRIEND OF CORINNE HENDERSON, SPEAKS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE MURDERED WOMAN’S FAMILY
was it, as opposed to the brutality of the attack,” Ms Jupp said outside court. “Their daughter was their world and I don’t think that they’ll ever be the same, ever again.”
Pilcher was convicted yesterday after a nine- day trial, in which Mr Cowen called nearly 40 witnesses. Pilcher chose to take the witness box, and gave what Mr Cowen described to the court as a “nonsense” account of being stabbed first by Ms Henderson.
Mr Cowen said Ms Henderson and Pilcher had been in a relationship for about two years when she broke things off in July 2015.
Pilcher moved out and Ms Henderson had been forced to change her locks.
“Text messages off his phone, off various other people’s phones, document what he thought of the break- up of the relationship, that he couldn’t seem to let it go with Corinne,” Mr Cowen said.
Pilcher’s sentence hearing will be held on Thursday. Under Queensland legislation he will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in jail.
SHOCKING EVIDENCE REVEALED INSIDE
STABBING FRENZY: Dane Andrew Pilcher was found guilty yesterday of the murder of Corinne Henderson ( left).