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Australia Tasmanian woman and lover found guilty in Dwayne 'Doc' Davies murder case

06:35  07 october  2019
06:35  07 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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While Otto was not present during her husband's killing, the court had heard she and Purkiss hatched a plan to murder Mr Davies to put an end to years of emotional abuse.

Purkiss lured Mr Davies to a property at Elderslie where he shot him at close range in the head in May 2017.

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The court heard Purkiss then wrapped the body and buried his "best mate" in a shallow bush grave on a remote property at Levendale.

Crown Prosecutor Madeline Wilson described the killing as "a crystallisation of a plan to kill Mr Davies that involved a chilling betrayal of a friend and a husband".

"There was deliberate and considerate planning that led to an intentional killing," she said.

She said the plan had been in response to long-standing grievances.

Ms Wilson said both parties were motivated by a level of self-interest, whether that was to escape an unhappy marriage, financial issues, or a feeling of being used.

Purkiss interrupted Ms Wilson's final submissions.

"What a load of shit, you've got it all wrong," Purkiss said.

Chief Justice Alan Blow told him: "If you're not quiet, you'll be taken away."

More to come.

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