‘Craven’ killer re­ceives life sen­tence

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JUST shy of 1000 days since Dalby fa­ther-of-three Mark Wilkes was killed in his sleep, a man is be­hind bars for the mur­der.

Ja­son Wil­liam Bin­ney pleaded guilty to mur­der in the Supreme Court last week, where it was heard the tragedy came as a re­sult of a love tri­an­gle turned deadly.

Bin­ney and the vic­tim’s es­tranged wife, Letisha Finn, started a re­la­tion­ship andthe court heard that dur­ing this ro­mance, Bin­ney had asked a man nu­mer­ous times to “tickle up” his part­ner’s ex while he was away.

It was also heard that a wit­ness claimed the ac­cused told Ms Finn, “I’ll do away with him and I’ll make it look like an ac­ci­dent.”

Jus­tice Mar­tin Burns said Mr Wilkes died from be­ing struck in the head nu­mer­ous times with a ham­mer prior to a fire that en­gulfed his Dalby home on Jan­uary 20, 2016.

How­ever, Jus­tice Burns stopped short of blam­ing Bin­ney for the deadly blow, find­ing in­stead that he aided an­other in­di­vid­ual to carry out the at­tack on his be­half.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Mark Green said Bin­ney, while on re­mand, con­fessed to an un­der­cover op­er­a­tive that a Viet­nam vet­eran, who the ac­cused had never iden­ti­fied, agreed to kill the vic­tim as a favour for his late fa­ther.

Bin­ney was sen­tenced to life be­hind bars by Jus­tice Burns, who de­scribed him as a “cow­ard and a craven”.

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