Fam­ily woman ‘ hated con­flict’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

TO her close- knit cir­cle of friends and fam­ily, Corinne Hen­der­son was a kind- hearted, an­i­mal- lov­ing, ca­reer­minded woman set­ting her­self up for the fu­ture.

Ms Hen­der­son ( pic­tured) grew up in Tas­ma­nia with her par­ents Dianne and Brian and two el­der brothers. As a fam­ily they en­joyed ball­room danc­ing and mo­tor­bike rid­ing.

Ms Hen­der­son had worked as a nanny in her home state and in Mel­bourne be­fore start­ing her min­ing ca­reer in Queen­stown, Tas­ma­nia.

Friend Sally Jupp said Ms Hen­der­son was close to her par­ents, who lived in Townsville six months a year.

She worked week- on, weekoff as a truck driver, grader op­er­a­tor and driller at Can­ning­ton mine, near Mount Isa, and would spend time with her par­ents on ev­ery day off.

Ms Jupp said just be­fore her death, Ms Hen­der­son was “fi­nally get­ting her­self to­gether”.

She had been of­fered a pro­mo­tion, was ex­cited about her new re­la­tion­ship with Dwayne Wick­ham and con­struc­tion on her “dream house” was due to start on the Mon­day af­ter she was mur­dered.

“Her par­ents had met Dwayne and they re­ally liked Dwayne, so it was just like ev­ery­thing had started to fall into place – with work,k with ith th the home be­ing built, ( she had) got ( Pilcher) out of her life ( and) found a new boyfriend,” she said. “She was just about to start a new chap­ter.”

Ms Jupp said her friend loved fit­ness, adored her dog Aurora and liked catch­ing up with her friends for din­ners, movies and cock­tails.

“She was a very loyal friend. She was the type of per­son who would al­ways put other peo­ple first – she was su­per kind,” Ms Jupp said. “On the Sun­day be­fore she was killed, she was com­ing … to help me move house, right be­fore she was about to start build­ing her own.”

Ms Jupp said it was typ­i­cal that, when her ex- part­ner Dane An­drew Pilcher, who was con­victed of her mur­der yes­ter­day, came crash­ing through Ms Hen­der­son’s kitchen win­dow, her first re­ac­tion had been to of­fer help.

“She hated con­flict – whether it be at work or out­side of work – but she was al­ways the type of per­son who stuck up for other peo­ple and not her­self,” she said.

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