Man convicted of killing Coast dad at daughter's house party

A MAN has been found guilty of the murder of Sunshine Coast real estate agent Brent Dumper at his daughter's house-warming party on the Gold Coast.

Bevan Carl Forsythe has been told his verdict in the Supreme Court of Brisbane this afternoon.

He was on trial after pleading not guilty to murder, though he had admitted he was criminally responsible for Mr Dumper's death and had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Mr Dumper, a former Waiuku antiques dealers, was shot at point-blank range at the party to celebrate his daughter, Jessie Anderson, moving into her Meadowbrook Dr home.

Ms Anderson had moved in with her partner, whose second cousin, Forsythe, lived next door.

The trial heard there were drugs and alcohol consumed at the party during the afternoon and evening.

There was evidence that Forsythe became increasingly aggressive throughout the party and challenged Mr Dumper to a fight more than once.

Later in the evening, Forsyth went to his house next door and returned with a shotgun.

He did not say anything before shooting Mr Dumper.

Mr Dumper's wife, Karyn Dumper, cried in court as she re-lived watching her husband shot dead in front of her.

"One minute my life was perfect, the next I was living the worst nightmare you can imagine," she said.

"None of us suspected this to happen and I will always have awful memories of watching my darling Brent fall to the ground and how he looked at me for a split second when he had fallen in front of me with love in his eyes.

"And in that split second my darling was gone."

Mrs Dumper said she had returned to New Zealand after her husband's death because she lost her job after she "could never get out of bed [or] function to do normal everyday tasks".

"My life was ripped apart when Brent was taken. Nothing has ever been the same again," she said.

"Brent was the love of my life, my soulmate. We'd been together 22 years, since I was 17. He was my first love and we raised our children together. We had a great marriage and life together.

"All that as taken away on that Saturday."

Mrs Dumper said when the gun was pointed at her after her husband had been shot she thought she was going to be killed.

"I thought I was dead. I thought that was my last second of life, my last breath," she said.

She said any loud noise like a car backfiring or a balloon popping reminds her of the "horror and helplessness" on the day Mr Dumper was killed.

"There is not a day that goes by that I'm not reminded of the trauma of that Saturday," she said.

"The heartache and the sorrow and the gut-wrenching sadness ... every day is a struggle, every day I'm reminded."

A second man, Michael McMillan, was also shot at but managed to push the shotgun away, though pellets put holes in his clothing and grazed his stomach.

"[Forsythe] then turned on Mr McMillan and deliberately shot. It was only the act of Mr McMillan pushing the gun away that prevented what could almost have been certain death," Crown prosecutor Dan Boyle told the court.

The jury returned its guilty verdict this afternoon and also found Forsythe guilty of the attempted murder of Mr McMillan.

Defence barrister Callum Cassidy had asked jurors to assess whether the witnesses gave "reliable, truthful and

Topics:  brent dumper crime drugs gold coast murder shooting sunshine coast supreme court

The Ipswich stamp fair has it all licked

RARE METAL: Dave Roberts with his aluminium Tongan stamps from 1965.

Ipswich stamp fair will feature rare and unusual stamps

Culture feast brightens city

COLOUR: This year's Diwali Festival was a hit.

Diwali Festival embraces happiness and joy

LETTER Monty Python circus with squirrels marrying squirrels

Squirrel in Yellowstone National Park during summer.  - User Contributed

God help us with the current crop of egomaniacs in Canberra

Local Partners

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track