‘Craven’ killer receives life sentence
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”.