Partner and secret lover jailed over tattooist murder



October 09, 2019 17:45:32

A Tasmanian woman who plotted with her lover to murder her husband to end an unhappy marriage will spend at least seven and a half years in prison.

Margaret Anne Otto, 47, was today sentenced to 15 years in prison for the May 2017 murder of Dwayne «Doc» Davies, with a non-parole period of half that.

Bradley Scott Purkiss, 43, who the judge described in the sentencing hearing as Otto’s confidant, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in the murder and will be eligible for parole in 14 years.

On Monday, a Supreme Court jury found Otto and Purkiss guilty of the murder of Mr Davies, a Tasmanian tattoo artist.

The jury heard the pair plotted to kill Mr Davies by luring him to a shed at Elderslie before Purkiss shot him in the head and back at close range and buried him on a remote property.

Police later found Mr Davies’ body wrapped in a tarp and buried in a shallow bush grave, concealed by green waste on a remote property at Levendale.

In an earlier hearing, Mr Davies’ murder was described as a «cold, calculated execution» that involved «a chilling betrayal of a friend and a husband».

Handing down his sentence, Chief Justice Alan Blow told the pair the murder was an «outrageous».






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October 09, 2019 17:10:40

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