News

Dulcie Birt death inquest dismisses boyfriend's defence

Dulcie Birt
Dulcie Birt Contributed

A QUEENSLAND coroner has determined it was highly unlikely Ipswich mother Dulcie Isabelle Birt had died as a result of injures sustained in a car crash as the man who was jailed for her death repeatedly claimed.

Instead, he found the man who was jailed over her death more than likely caused it.

Ms Birt, 31, was last seen alive on October, 21, 2009, at her home she shared with her sons, a boarder and her new lover in Old Ipswich Rd at Riverview.

Her former lover Alwyn John Gwilliams, 44, was initially charged with murder and interfering with a corpse, but on the first day of his Brisbane Supreme Court last year he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Gwilliams admitted he unlawfully killed Ms Birt in a drunken car crash before panicking and disposing her lifeless body in Jacobs Well.

Despite an extensive search, which included draining several waterways in the area, her body has never been recovered and cause of death never determined.

Coroner John Lock determined Gwilliams had completely fabricated the story he told police in order to confuse the investigation and to impede the discovery of the body in case it assisted in revealing the truth.

"There may have been a minor motor vehicle crash and she may have been injured but those injuries did not kill her," he said.

"What is most likely is that she suffered some other form of assault by Gwilliams following on from an argument.

"The nature of the assault cannot be ascertained at this stage but it is likely this caused her death.

"The recovery of her body may assist in reaching a conclusion on this issue or it may not.

"The subsequent stories about the vehicle accident were concocted by Gwilliams and his family members and particularly his mother have assisted in its perpetuation."

Mr Lock determined Ms Birt's remains were most likely located somewhere in vast and inhospitable bushland at Riverview.

"Gwilliams was seen in that area on a number of occasions after October 22, 2009, at night or in the early morning," he said.

"He may have moved the body from where it was initially placed or made further efforts to hide the body."

During his sentencing the court was told of Gwilliams' criminal history which included a prior conviction in 2003 for the assault and torture of a former partner at a quarry in New South Wales.

He is currently serving a 10-year sentence at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre near Gatton.

Topics:  brisbane supreme court, dulcie birt




Captain getting back to best with hot shots

Ipswich Force captain Bree Farley.

Farley fires up at right time of season

High five this: Ipswich's promising future off to nationals

Ipswich under-18, state league and Queensland Schoolgirls representative Kate Head.

Under-18 schoolgirls highlight fine young talent

Amazing comeback sets up Ipswich state finals charge

Ipswich Force basketballer Kyle Harvey produced another strong all-round performance to help secure his team a finals spot.

Force men positive about playoff prospects

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

Keira Maguire and Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor.

SEVEN gears up for the Rio Olympics while The Bachelor continues.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb