Noelene Beutel
Noelene Beutel supplied

McClutchie sentenced to life for murder of Noelene Beutel

THE Sunshine Coast man convicted of murdering his partner, dumping her body in the boot of her car and then setting the car alight in bushland has been sentenced to life in jail.

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 car and setting it alight 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 Ms Beutel suffered significant facial fractures after McClutchie punched her with 10/10 force, which a pathologist had concluded was significant enough to kill her.

"There is evidence that after you inflicted those terrible injuries, you cleaned up and took extensive efforts to hide the evidence of the attack," she 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 the car in bushland.

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

McClutchie has already served 869 days behind bar.



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