KIILLER’’ S PAST LIIFE RE­VEALED

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

CON­VICTED mur­derer Dane cher stands at six foot three.

He is a lean, fit fighter, trained in knife com­bat from his time in the Army and has prac­tised mar­tial arts.

Pilcher, 38, has crim­i­nal records in Queens­land and West­ern Aus­tralia.

Dur­ing his two- week mur­der trial, Pilcher took the stand and re­vealed his past life to the jury.

He fin­ished his stud­ies at Thuringowa State High School be­fore start­ing work in the min­ing in­dus­try at 20.

Pilcher had a brief stint in the Army and was de­ployed to Iraq for two months. In 2007, he went ab­sent with­out leave and re­turned to min­ing, tak­ing a job as a ma­chine op­er­a­tor at Can­ning­ton mine, near Mount Isa.

At one stage, as a tem­po­rary su­per­vi­sor, he was mak­ing $ 190,000 a year.

Pilcher mar­ried his sweet­heart of four years, Katherine Pilcher, in 2010 and she gave birth to their son in 2012.

They pur­chased a fam­ily home at Ru­pertswood in 2013.

Corinne Hen­der­son started work­ing at Can­ning­ton mine in July that year, and by Septem­ber she and Pilcher were hav­ing an af­fair.

“When Corinne and my re­la­tion­ship was ex­posed, there were peo­ple at the work­place who took ex­cep­tion to our re­la­tion­ship, we had a cer­tain su­per­vi­sor claim­ing that it was af­fect­ing our work,” Pilcher told the Supreme Court dur­ing his mur­der trial.

He said he and Ms Hen­der­son were put on dif­fer­ent shifts, and he was sacked about April 2013 when he showed up late to work.

Pilcher said he was com­pen­sated $ 12,500 for un­fair dis­missal through Fair Work. At the time he killed Ms Hen­der­son, Pilcher was work­ing at a coal mine near Mo­ran­bah. Pil-

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