Bashed partner dumped in car boot and set alight

A WOMAN copped a "10 out of 10" force punch to the head before her lifeless body was dragged on a wheelie bin to the boot of her car, which was then set alight at Tanawha, a court heard yesterday.

Wayn Edward Raymond McClutchie, 38, has admitted he killed Noelene Beutel, 35, during a violent confrontation at their Buderim home in June, 2011, and then tried to get rid of her body.

But he has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering the mother of his child because he says he did not intend to kill her.

Crown prosecutor David Meredith told a jury he would prove Mr McClutchie did intend to kill Ms Beutel, who was planning to return to family at Toowoomba to escape her violent partner.

He said Ms Beutel suffered injuries to her head, face, shoulder and abdomen during a beating from Mr McClutchie five months earlier. A domestic violence order was put in place.

Mr Meredith said Ms Beutel had told two people in the week before she died that Mr McClutchie had threatened to kill her and their daughter.

Defence barrister Greg McGuire said his client accepted that he threw a strong punch because pathology evidence showed she had a fractured skull.

But he said that same evidence would show Ms Beutel suffered an injury to the back of her head when she hit a paving tile.

Mr McGuire said that fall could have caused her death and the Crown could not rule out accident as a defence.

He said the way Mr McClutchie dumped his partner in the boot of her car and then set it alight was "gross and unforgivable".

"Don't let the abhorrence of those actions overwhelm your calm consideration of the events that occurred at the critical moment," he said.

Mr McGuire said the pair were in a volatile relationship with drug dependencies and there were two sides to the story.

The trial continues.



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