Life in jail for pair who strangled man with wire

Shaune Gibson - Deceased. Photo: Contributed
Shaune Gibson - Deceased. Photo: Contributed Contributed

A MAN and a woman who were found guilty of murdering an Ipswich man and interfering with his corpse have been sentenced to life behind bars.

Warrick David Lindenberg, 29, and Valerie Jeanette Mullins, 47, were both sentenced to life imprisonment for luring Shaune Gibson into a house before assaulting him and strangling him to death with wire.

They then buried his body and went back five days later to dig up part of the grave to ensure he was dead.

The court heard Mr Gibson was fond of Ms Mullins had called the convicted killer "mum" at times.

"That in many ways makes it even more despicable what you have done in relation to him," Supreme Court judge David Boddice said to Ms Mullins.

Ms Mullins is also known as Valerie Jeanette Chambers.

Police at the scene of the Cooinda St, Eastern Heights house where Shaune Gibson was murdered in 2012.
Police at the scene of the Cooinda St, Eastern Heights house where Shaune Gibson was murdered in 2012. File

Justice Boddice said it would have been a frightening experience for Mr Gibson, 19, that night he died in August 2012.

He said there was only one sentence for murder, and that was life in prison.

Both Mullins and Lindenberg were also charged with interfering with a body, and received a concurrent jail sentence for those counts.

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