BIG DAY OUT ENDS Court told of mur­der time­line

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

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-

TRAGIC TWIST: Corinne Hen­der­son, with boyfriend Dwayne Wick­ham at the Townsville Cup in 2015, in the pic­ture which was sent to her killer Dane An­drew Pilcher be­fore he killed her; ( right) im­ages from po­lice footage of Pilcher cov­ered in blood and be­ing h

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