BIG DAY OUT ENDS Court told of murder timeline
ON September 26, Townsville celebrated.
The Cowboys had won their preliminary final against the Melbourne Storm, taking them to the NRL grand final which they would historically win.
Thousands of residents, including Corinne Henderson, 32, spent the day at the Townsville Cup – the biggest racing event of the year.
But at 11pm, after spending the day with her boyfriend and parents, Ms Henderson was brutally murdered by her jealous expartner, stabbed 21 times in her own apartment.
Dane Andrew Pilcher, 38, had spent the evening watching the NRL game at Cowboys Leagues Club with friends. At 9.49pm, he got a text message from his former colleague Dion Tangey – a photo of Ms Henderson with her new boyfriend Dwayne Wickham at the races.
Shortly after, Pilcher sent the photo to his friend Karyn Gillham, and sent her a text message that said he was going to “kill them both”.
She asked if he was okay; Pilcher replied: “This is going to happen”.
Pilcher’s friend Max Coghill saw him sitting alone at the club on his phone, and told him “Come on, let’s go”.
“I assumed he was texting a girl or something along those lines and I said some- 2015, Text messages sent between Dane Andrew Pilcher and his friend Karyn Gillham about the photo sent to him on the night he killed Corinne Henderson: thing like ‘ don’t worry about the girls, let’s go have a drink, plenty more fish in the sea’,” he told the Supreme Court.
Instead, Pilcher walked down Flinders St in the direction of his Kirwan home.
When he reached the Sovereign Hotel, he booked a taxi and gave the driver Ms Henderson’s address – Sanctuary Apartments in Idalia.
On the way, at 10.34pm, he asked the driver to stop at BP Fairfield and bought a can of Red Bull.
Pilcher walked up the stairs to Ms Henderson’s third- floor unit and “like Spiderman”, as Crown prosecu-