Man convicted of manslaughter over strangling death
A KINGAROY man convicted of manslaughter for strangling a woman told a court he was "very sorry this all happened" and that he'd learnt a lesson.
Glen Brian Duggan was accused of murdering former Tannum Sands woman Renee Todd in her Kingaroy unit in April 2013.
He was found not guilty of murder but a jury found him guilty of manslaughter.
After a four-day trial this week, the jury returned at about 12.30pm today to give their verdict.
Shortly afterwards, Supreme Court judge Ann Lyons sentenced Duggan to nine years jail, to serve a minimum of five years.
Before handing down her sentence, Justice Lyons asked Duggan if he wanted to say anything.
He stood up and said he was sorry that it happened.
Duggan said it was something he would live with for the rest of his life and that he had learnt a "big, big lesson".
Justice Lyons said "it is clear that a young woman has died at your hands".
She said Duggan was heavily intoxicated at the time.
He and Ms Todd were drinking and chatting in her unit and then "you lost the plot", Justice Lyons told Duggan.
Duggan was drunk and when breath tested hours later he returned a reading of 0.217.
The court heard Duggan put his hands around Ms Todd's neck.
Even after calling police and admitting to officers when they arrived that he had killed her, Justice Lyons said Duggan did not express any regret.
"At no time have you expressed any regret … until now," she said, referring to his comments in court.
"I accept that you largely co-operated with police although it's clear you were angry.
"It's also clear that your attitude to Ms Todd was appalling on the day after she died.
"And the way in which you spoke about her was deplorable and showed no remorse at the time."
The court heard Duggan admitted to police he had killed Todd, when officers arrived.
But Justice Lyons said it was still clear he was angry.
Duggan will be eligible for parole in April 2018.