Sunshine Coast murder victim Noelene Beutel. Picture supplied.
Sunshine Coast murder victim Noelene Beutel. Picture supplied. supplied

Crown rejects accused's surpise after punch kills Noelene

A SUNSHINE Coast man's claim he was surprised when his 10/10 punch killed his partner is nonsense, the Crown has claimed during its closing address.

"If you punch someone with a 10 out of 10 force blow, what do you think is going to happen?" Crown prosecutor David Meredith said.

But the defence barrister for Wayn Edward Raymond McClutchie, 38, argued there was "nothing" going through his client's mind when he punched former Toowoomba woman Noelene Beutel, 35, at the Buderim home in June, 2011.

Mr McClutchie has admitted she died after the punch, that he dragged her lifeless body onto a wheelie bin to get her in the boot of her car and then set the car alight in bushland at Tanawha.

But he has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering the mother of his child because he says he did not intend to kill her.

Mr Meredith said Mr McClutchie had already threatened to kill Ms Beutel if she left him, even if the suggestion was supposedly in jest.

"She's not allowed to leave him or she'll end up in the boot of a burnt-out car," he said.

"That's what happened.

"He killed her because she stood up to him."

Mr Meredith said if the accused man had only intended to cause a small injury, then the jury should expect him to show concern for her afterwards.

"Even if you think it's fruitless, that hope against hope she would live, you would do something about it," he said.

Defence barrister Greg McGuire said the punch was not pre-meditated, that it happened in a split second.

He said a boxer in a ring or a player in the State of Origin was not thinking "I am going to kill him" while they were throwing punches.

Mr McGuire said while there was a history of domestic violence, that did not mean Mr McClutchie intended to kill Ms Beutel.

"The death occurred in the course of another argument," he said.

"Everything about this case points to it being just a reaction to an argument.

"What was going through his mind? Anger, he reacted, he snapped, he lost it."

Ms Beutel had left Mr McClutchie two days before she died.

She told friends he had threatened to kill her.

A domestic violence order was in place.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Monday.


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