Police investigate a suspicious death after a body was located in a burnt out vehicle in bushland off Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha. A house on Horseshoe Bend at Buderim was also declared a crime scene.
Police investigate a suspicious death after a body was located in a burnt out vehicle in bushland off Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha. A house on Horseshoe Bend at Buderim was also declared a crime scene. Cade Mooney

McClutchie expresses remorse for murdering Noelene

A CONVICTED murderer, who says his need for hip replacement surgery is so bad he cannot get out of his prison bed some days, expressed sadness and remorse for his actions as he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Wayn Edward Raymond McClutchie, 38, was found guilty of murdering former Toowoomba woman Noelene Beutel, 35, during a violent confrontation at their Buderim home on June 29, 2011.

He had already pleaded guilty to dragging her lifeless body on a wheelie bin to the boot of her car and then setting the car alight after dumping it in bushland at Tanawaha.

McClutchie will spend a minimum 15 years behind bars before he can even apply for parole.

Before this, the New Zealand-born man's only criminal history involved serving 20 months of a four-year jail sentence for a burglary.

Justice Ann Lyons said the murder had an enormous impact on Ms Beutel's family.

She said Ms Beutel's sister was now caring for the couple's daughter, who was a toddler in her car seat when the tragic ordeal unfolded in front of her.

"(Ms Beutel) had decided to leave you because of your physical abuse," she said during the sentencing in Brisbane Supreme Court.

"The clear evidence at trial was that you had physically abused her in the past to the extent she had required hospital treatment in 2011.

"She had concussion as well as damaged teeth, bruising.

"There had been abuse in the months, week and days before her death.

"Two days before her death, she left your home during the night and sought assistance from DV Connect due to fears she had for her safety."

Ms Beutel returned to the Horseshoe Bend home on June 29 to discuss the future of their relationship but it became "angry" and she tried to leave with their daughter.

"In your account to police you indicated you got very angry, just about cracked and were not able to pull yourself back," Justice Lyons said.

"You said you just lost it, that something tipped you over the edge.

"You said you didn't think a punch to her face would kill her."

A pathologist told the court the punch, which McClutchie described as 10 out of 10, had enough force to kill Ms Beutel.

He said the significant fractures would have affected her ability to breathe and she survived only long enough to inhale her own blood.

"There is evidence that after you inflicted those terrible injuries, you cleaned up and took extensive efforts to hide the evidence of the attack," Justice Lyons said.

"You did not call an ambulance but rather put her body in the boot of a car, cleaned up part of the scene and then dumped her (and) the car in bushland.

"All of those events were sadly witnessed by your two-year-old daughter."

McClutchie has already served 869 days behind bars.



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