Timothy Pullen with his mum Leanne Pullen.
Timothy Pullen with his mum Leanne Pullen. Contributed

Pullen family's heartbreak after failed search for remains

THE family of killed Mackay man Timothy Pullen, 34, has expressed their heartbreak in court over a failed attempt to find his body near Collinsville.

It emerged in the Supreme Court in Mackay that Mr Pullen's body had been stored in a nightclub coldroom, driven three hours out of town and dumped, uncovered, in the bush.

The final two of six people involved with Mr Pullen's death on April 16, 2012 were sentenced in the Supreme Court in Mackay today.

Luke Shayne Kister, 25 and Stephen Dale Renwick, 40, pleaded guilty to accessory after Mr Pullen's manslaughter - dumping his body - on April 17, 2012, in court on Tuesday.

They were released on bail on the condition they accompany police to a location near Collinsville, in an attempt to recover the remains, on Wednesday.

Speaking in court at the pair's sentencing yesterday, Mr Pullen's sister Angela Head said she had woken "in anticipation" on that day.

"We hoped that Tim would be coming home to us. Little did I know… that I would be going to bed that night feeling so sick in the stomach," she said.

"I actually think I would have preferred not knowing what happened to my brother."

Mr Pullen's mother Leanne Pullen said prior to Wednesday, the family had "thought that we were broken-hearted, although we truly had no idea what broken-hearted was".

"As a family, we… believed that by today we would know for sure where Tim was and be able to fulfill our goal of being able to respectfully say goodbye to him," Mrs Pullen said.

"To learn that Tim hasn't been located, that he's been callously disposed of, exposed to the elements, our nightmare has only just begun."

Renwick and Kister were sentenced to five years in jail yesterday. Renwick will be eligible for parole after one year and eight months and Kister will be eligible after 12 months.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said the full picture of how Mr Pullen was killed was unknown, and Kister and Renwick had "remained silent" on the story.

In court on Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen said that in the early hours of April 16, 2012, Zane Tray Lincoln, now 37, and Benjamin Francis Graeme Oakley, now 28, went to a North Mackay unit with two other men who have never been identified.

The court heard that the men planned to "abduct" Mr Pullen, who owed drug debts. Odin's Warriors motorcycle gang had $30,000 "on his head".

It's unknown how he was killed but large amounts of blood had been left on the couch and in the unit.

Oakley and Lincoln pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to eight and nine years' jail respectively. Lincoln was sentenced to a further two years' for possessing drugs.

Justice McMeekin said a witness had seen Mr Pullen being "bundled" into Kister's modified Nissan Navara that morning.

In court today, he said what then happened was unknown, but "at some point, (Kister and Renwick) took the body of Mr Pullen, which was located in Kister's car" and later dumped him in the bush.

The judge said Kister and Renwick had been seen driving to WOW Sight and Sound during the day of April 16, and as it was unlikely that they'd left Mr Pullen's body in the car, they'd likely stored him in the coldroom at Code Nightclub. Renwick was manager at the club and Kister a security guard.

Defence barrister Tony Kimmins said Renwick had been unaware of any plan to abduct Pullen and had been asked by some people to dispose of the body.

Renwick felt he was not in a "position to decline" the request.

Defence barrister Scott Lynch said when Kister found out his car had been used in the abduction; he'd been worried it would be seized by police. He then involved himself in disposing of the body.

The judge accepted Mr Lynch's submission that Kister had been less involved than Renwick, but said "valuable evidence" had been lost in the disposal of Mr Pullen's body.

"It's self-evident that they treated Mr Pullen's body with a complete lack of respect," he said.

Four-year court proceedings come to a close

  • April 16, 2012: Timothy Pullen is sleeping on the couch of former couple Nicholas Voorwinden and Kiera Jeanette McKay in North Mackay. Four men enter and kill him.
  • April 17, 2012: Mr Pullen's body is dumped near Collinsville.
  • July 19, 2013: Zane Tray Lincoln is charged with murder.
  • July 23, 2013: Stephen Dale Renwick is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
  • July 24, 2013: Luke Shayne Kister is charged with accessory.
  • July 25, 2013: Renwick and Kister are granted bail.
  • August 2013: McKay and Voorwinden are charged with manslaughter, for allowing Mr Pullen's killers to enter the unit.
  • March 2, 2015: McKay and Voorwinden plead guilty to manslaughter. They both get five-year sentences.
  • March 3, 2015: Renwick and Benjamin Francis Graeme Oakley are charged with murder.
  • On Tuesday: Oakley and Lincoln are sentenced to eight and nine years' prison.

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