Accused "mostly a witness"
THE WOMAN accused of mutilating Noel Allan Clark’s body after he was murdered was released from custody without being charged even though she had confessed to police.
Dianna Gay Wright appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday for committal proceedings into the murder of Mr Clark.
Sergeant Scott Stahlut told the court he found Ms Wright with her 12-month-old son at a Toowoomba motel on August 25.
She agreed to go to the police station and be interviewed, and told officers that she was “primarily a witness” and “was forced to do certain things” including cutting off Mr Clark’s penis.
“It was apparent that her involvement in this incident had been playing on her mind,” Sgt Stahlut said.
Ms Wright was then driven to Gympie police station where she spoke to Detective Senior Constable Christopher Duhick from the CIB.
Det. Snr Const. Duhick said his superior officer told him Wright had provided information in relation to Mr Clark’s murder.
“She said initially it was not organised, that she had returned to a residence on John Street and Noel Clark was ambushed by Byron Naylor and Graeme Wright,” he said.
Ms Wright also told officers Mr Clark’s body was wrapped in a doona.
Det. Snr Const. Duhick said he drove Ms Wright to Maryborough the next day.
They had a conversation during the trip in which Ms Wright denied “leading” Noel back to the house.
“She said she deserved to be punished for what she did to Noel in relation to interfering with his body afterwards and that she’d take responsibility for that,” Det. Snr Const. Duhick said.
Ms Wright went through a re-enactment of events at the John Street house on August 26 before being driven back to Gympie.
Then she was released.
Detective Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey, from Gympie CIB, said there was “not sufficient evidence to hold her”.
“We wanted to gather information to support the version she gave to police,” he told the court.
Ms Wright travelled to Armidale in NSW but was arrested there about three days later and brought back to Queensland.
She was charged with murder and interfering with a corpse.
Co-accused Byron Naylor and Graeme Kenneth Wright were also charged with murder and were arrested in late October 2009.
Police allege Mr Clark was murdered on May 25, 2009.
Several witnesses have told the court they saw him that day.
Tanya Turner said he turned up at her house just after lunch and said he was going to Centrelink.
An earlier witness, Graeme Wright’s cousin Georgia Bailey, said Mr Wright confessed to setting up an affair between Noel Clark and Dianna Wright.
The court was told Dianna Wright, also known as Tori, picked up Noel Clark from Centrelink and took him back to the house.
Mr Clark was allegedly beaten to death with a baseball bat, then had a spray shoved into his mouth and his penis cut off.