Killer forced his way into apart­ment ‘ with mur­der­ous in­tent’

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

DANE Andrew Pilcher will spend at least 20 years be­hind bars for the vi­o­lent stab­bing mur­der of his ex- part­ner Corinne Hen­der­son.

In the Supreme Court in Townsville yes­ter­day, Pilcher, 38, was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment, which means he is fac­ing a non- pa­role pe­riod of 20 years.

The for­mer sol­dier and mines worker has been in cus­tody for al­most two years and will not be able too ap­ply for pa­role un­til at least 2035.

Pilcher had pleaded not guilty too in­ten­tion­ally killing Ms Hen­der­son, 32, but was con­victed of mur­der last Friday af­ter a nine- day trial.

On Septem­ber 26, 2015, Pilcher saw a pho­to­graph of Ms Hen­der­son with her new boyfriend Dwayne Wick­ham at the Townsville Cup. He then took a taxi to Ms Hen­der­son’s Idalia unit, crashed through her third- floor kitchen win­dow and stabbed his ex- part­ner 21 times with a kitchen knife. Pilcher phoned triple- zero and told po­lice “I killed my ex- part­ner”. He waited at the Oonoonba Rd unit un­til po­lice ar­rested him. Jus­tice David North de­liv­ered the sen­tence dur­ing a brief court hear­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing. “Corinne Hen­der­son died as a con­se­quence of a sus­tained and par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent at­tack by your­self,” he told Pilcher. “The ev­i­dence of your own mes­sages in­di­cates that you were mo­ti­vated by a venge­ful jeal­ousy, when she ended your re­la­tion­ship and be­came in­volved with an­other man.”

“The jury’s ver­dict, based upon an over­whelm­ing pros­e­cu­tion case, is that you went to and forced your way into the apart­ment with mur­der­ous in­tent, and with that in­tent, at­tacked and killed Ms Hen­der­son.”

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Andrew Walk­late said po­lice searched Pilcher’s home two days af­ter the mur­der.

Of­fi­cers found a ri­fle wrapped in a towel in a walk- in wardrobe, with its se­rial num­ber par­tially ground off.

Po­lice also found two boxes of am­mu­ni­tion and testos­terone.

Yes­ter­day Pilcher pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs, un­law­fully pos­sess­ing a weapon and pos­sess­ing am­mu­ni­tion. He was sen­tenced to three months in jail, to be served con­cur­rently with his life sen­tence.

Mr Walk­late ten­dered vic­tim im­pact state­ments writ­ten by Ms Hen­der­son’s par­ents and broth­ers, but said the fam­ily did not wish to read the state­ments to the court.

Dur­ing the trial, Pilcher claimed that af­ter break­ing into Ms Hen­der­son’s house, she stabbed him with a knife and he had re­acted in self- de­fence. His ver­sion of events was unan­i­mously re­jected by the jury.


VI­CIOUS: Dane Andrew Pilcher was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to life in jail for the mur­der of Corinne Hen­der­son ( in­set).

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