Dulcie Birt
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Dulcie threatened with death: friend

THE man accused of murdering Dulcie Birt was heard threatening to kill her, a court has been told.

Ms Birt’s boyfriend, Alwyn John Gwilliams, 41, has been charged with murdering her late on October 21, 2009.

Her friend Soona Faulkner told a committal hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday that she was speaking to Gwilliams on the phone when he threatened to kill Ms Birt.

Gwilliams allegedly said: “I’m going to kill her.”

But Gwilliams’ barrister, Simon Lewis, said Ms Faulkner resented his client, and he questioned why she did not call police if she was worried for Ms Birt’s safety.

Ms Faulkner said Ms Birt was “too scared” to get help and told her to stay out of it.

She said Ms Birt often had bruises and sores on her body.

The court was told Gwilliams and Ms Birt, who had a previous history of drug use, had a heated argument on the night of her disappearance about her hanging around with some of her old friends.

Gwilliams was overheard telling Ms Birt he would “cut her head off and put it on a drug dealer’s doorstep”, the court was told.

Later that night Ms Birt, 31, and Gwilliams walked out of the Riverview home, got in his Mitsubishi Triton utility and drove away, the court heard.

Ms Birt has not been seen since the night of October 21, 2009, and her body has not been found despite extensive police searches.

Family friend Damien Gill, 20, said he saw Ms Birt walk normally from the home that night with Gwilliams and she did not appear injured.

Mr Gill said he did not know where they went and when he saw the ute the next day it was missing the left side of its tray.

The couple often went for a drive after they had an argument, Mr Lewis said.

Gwilliams later told police he was driving in bushland with Ms Birt when he had a “four-wheel-drive accident” during which she suffered fatal injuries.

He alleges he disposed of her body in a panic in a nearby waterway.

Police divers have searched Green Lakes for Ms Birt’s body without success.

But police charged Gwilliams with murdering the mother of three, known to friends as Darcy.

Police forensic crash experts have told the hearing the damage to Gwilliams’ ute did not support his claims that Ms Birt died when the ute crashed into a tree.

Ms Birt’s blood was found in the cab of Gwilliams’ utility and in its tray.

Gwilliams’ sister Vicki Hopper told the court Ms Birt had a black eye on one occasion, and she claimed Gwilliams had hit her.

“I said to her, don’t let that sort of thing happen,” Ms Hopper said.

“I said if you need to come stay at my place that’s okay.”

A public servant also saw a bruise on Ms Birt’s face on October 7, which she had tried to hide with sunglasses.

The public servant said Ms Birt told her she had “been in a physical altercation with a woman who lived down the street”.

Gwilliams’ mother, Elaine Hopper, told the committal hearing her son spoke to her on the night of October 21 and said he “took (Ms Birt) down to Jacobs Well”.

Ms Hopper blew kisses to her son as she left the courtroom.

She mouthed: “I love you, Ally.”

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