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Graeme Wright found guilty of murdering Noel Clark

Graeme Kenneth Wright has been found guilty of murder.
Graeme Kenneth Wright has been found guilty of murder. Jocelyn Watts

UPDATE: GRAEME Kenneth Wright will spend life in prison for the "violent" and "abhorrent" murder of Maryborough man Noel Allan Clark.

Wright has been found guilty of murder by the Supreme Court jury, which only took three hours to come to a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Justice Ann Lyons sentenced 44-year-old Wright to life imprisonment for murder and two years imprisonment for interfering with a corpse.

"There is only one sentence I can impose in relation to this murder and that is life in prison," she said.

"The acts that occurred were particularly violent and abhorrent."

Wright's defence counsel will appeal the sentence.

 

EARLIER: THE jury in the murder trial of Graeme Kenneth Wright has retired on Tuesday morning to consider a verdict.

Wright, 43, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Maryborough pensioner Noel Allan Clark on May 25, 2009.

He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and interfering with a corpse.

 

EARLIER: ACCUSED murderer Graeme Kenneth Wright led police to the place he buried Maryborough man Noel Allan Clark on the day his trial was supposed to start but officers have not found any trace of human remains.

Wright, 43, and two co-accused are alleged to have beaten Mr Clark to death and disposed of his body in forestry on the Sunshine Coast on May 25, 2009.

The court heard yesterday that Wright, who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter, made his first attempt at helping police locate the body on the day his trial was supposed to start three weeks ago.

Detective Brett Long said Wright took police to a section of forestry near Beerburrum, but officers were unable to find any traces of the body.

He said co-accused Byron Naylor, who has been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for his involvement, also took police to the same area earlier this year.

Det Long was the last witness in the murder trial and after closing statements from prosecution and defence yesterday, the jury retires this morning to consider a verdict.

In her closing statements, prosecutor Vicki Lourey said the motive for the alleged murder was Wright's jealousy and obsession with his ex-girlfriend Kylie Mackney and her new relationship with 33-year-old Mr Clark.

She said Wright recruited "easy targets" and "drug addicts" Dianna Gay Wright (no relation) and Byron Naylor to help lure Mr Clark to a Maryborough home.

There Wright allegedly wrapped electrical cords around Mr Clark's neck while Naylor hit him across the head with a bat. Wright then allegedly sprayed aerosol lubricant Start Ya Bastard into his face and the two men disposed of the body.

Defence barrister Damien Walsh urged the jury to place no weight on Dianna Wright's evidence, as she was a liar and "prepared to say anything".

He said the defence was at an unfair advantage as the prosecution had not called Naylor, who he accused of "acting on his own agenda". "Is there some dark motive we don't know about?" he asked.

Topics:  maryborough murder noel clark supreme court trial



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