Former soldier Dane Andrew Pilcher has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his ex-partner, Corinne Henderson, at her Townsville apartment in north Queensland in September 2015.
During sentencing, Supreme Court Justice David North said the 38-year-old entered Ms Henderson’s apartment with “murderous intent” before fatally stabbing her.
Pilcher broke into the Idalia apartment to confront Ms Henderson after finding pictures on social media with the man she was rumoured to be seeing, Dwayne Wickham.
He kicked through the kitchen window and claimed Ms Henderson had stood in the living area holding a knife, and that he acted in self-defence.
But earlier this month, a jury took just four hours to convict him of murder, dismissing his claims.
Pilcher’s lawyer Harvey Walters also disputed Ms Henderson had been stabbed more than 20 times during the trial, and claimed there were only two stab wounds with the rest being “mere cuts”.
Pilcher was bleeding profusely when police arrested him at the scene.
Prosecutor Michael Cowen QC told the court during the trial there were a few “societal myths” at play in the defence case, some of which belong “back in the Victorian era”.
“‘If I can’t have you, nobody will’ [is] really what this case is about — sexual jealousy,” he said.
Pilcher said the pair had met in late 2013 when they were both working on a fly-in, fly-out mine site.
Outside the court, Pilcher’s father Norm Pilcher said there was “a lot that didn’t come out in the trial.”
But he would not say if the family will lodge an appeal.
‘What have I f***ing done?’
Police bodycam vision played to the court shows Ms Henderson dead on the floor of her bedroom.
The jury also heard a recording of the triple-0 call Pilcher made on the night. He told the operator:
“I have killed my ex-partner. She is not moving at all. I am pretty sure she is dead.
“There is blood everywhere, blood everywhere … it is everywhere.
“Oh my God, what have I f***ing done?”
Pilcher did not answer when the operator asked if there had been a “confrontation”, nor did he ask for an ambulance.