News

10 years for Dulcie killer but body site is still a mystery

NEVER FOUND: Dulcie Birt.
NEVER FOUND: Dulcie Birt. Contributed

THE FAMILY of Dulcie Birt may find some comfort in knowing their loved one's killer will spend the next decade behind bars.

But the Ipswich woman's family are still no closer to knowing her final resting place.

While Alwyn Gwilliams admitted to unlawfully killing Ms Birt on or about October 21, 2009, his continuous lies meant the cause of Ms Birt's death remains unknown.

Gwilliams was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and interfering with a corpse.

Justice John Byrne stated, in his written judgment, Gwilliams, 44, was in a sexual relationship with Ms Birt and also maintained a de facto relationship with another woman.

On the night of October 21, 2009, Gwilliams and Ms Birt, 31, had a loud argument before going for a drive.

After initially dropping Ms Birt back to her Raceview home, where she lived with a boarder and her 16-year-old son, Gwilliams returned to pick up his phone charger.

Ms Bert got into the car with him again and has not been seen since.

Justice Byrne stated Gwilliams told his mother he crashed into a tree with Ms Birt in his car and Ms Birt "went forward, she came back, and she was quiet".

He told his mother he was scared and didn't want to tell police because they wouldn't believe him.

Justice Byrne outlined Gwilliams's chequered criminal history, including convictions for brutally assaulting former partners.

In his initial statement to police on October 25, 2009, Gwilliams claimed Ms Birt had asked him to stay at her house but he declined and had unsucessfully tried to contact her after.

Six weeks later in a sworn affidavit, Gwilliams claimed he crashed his car with Ms Birt in it, he tried to administer CPR unsuccessfully and then put her body in water at Jacob's Well, Woongoolba.

But police found his utility did not have damage that would be expected from a fatal accident.

Justice Byrne found Gwilliams lied to avoid the truth, which would "reveal that he had assaulted Ms Bert and thereby killed her".

Justice Byrne said it was no credit to Gwilliams that he would not reveal Ms Bert's resting place.

He sentenced Gwilliams to 10 years jail.



A town hall by another name

An early photo of the Ipswich Post Office, School of Arts and Bank of Australasia in Brisbane St.

1850s: Calls ring out for a School of Arts to be established in city

It's bigger and better than ever

HONOURED: Past winner Leigh-Anne Hargreaves with her work "Poppy Bella”.

Ipswich Art awards return

Generous pay cheque for dull ideas

Australia Post.

I wouldn't mind $4.4 million a year

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

WARNING: 'Sardine city' is on Ipswich's horizon

CONCERNED: The implications of the State's move to denser housing developments has Cr David Pahlke up in arms.

But Antoniolli says council can manage State's denser housing edict

Grand re-launch for new Nolan's Corner

GRAND PARTY: Wayne Kemp and Angela Love from Poison Arrow, Eliza Woodruffe from Limestone Emporium, Tess Claris from Voice Hair and Beauty and Kim Schubel from Schudio will all be at the grand launch party.

A feat worth celebrating

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!