Murder accused sent letter threats

“IF you tell me you love me and we’re back on then I might leave his face intact.”

This is one example of an excerpt from a letter accused murderer Ryan Edward Dwyer sent to his love interest Darlene McClure, just days before a jail house fight that claimed the life of Jayde Biddulph in 2009.

Dwyer’s murder trial started in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday, with Crown Prosecutor Michael Byrne telling the jury the fight between the two prisoners had started over one of the oldest reasons known to man – a woman.

Dwyer is accused of murdering Mr Biddulph, 30, in the Capricorn Correctional Facility near Rockhampton on the morning of December 16, 2009.

He said Dwyer had been seeing Ms McClure before being incarcerated, but shortly after he was imprisoned she took up a relationship with Mr Biddulph.

Mr Byrne told the court jealousy and upset were the reasons Dwyer had assaulted Mr Biddulph.

He said letters Dwyer had written to Ms McClure between July 2009 and the weeks before the alleged murder demonstrated deep seated animosity towards Mr Biddulph.

On July 14 part of one letter read “make sure you get rid of him (Mr Biddulph) before I get out or else I will and that’s a promise not a threat”.

On Aug 20 he wrote: “the day I get out I’ll be coming for that scum you’re with, that’s not a threat that’s a promise”.

On December 8 Dwyer wrote to Ms McClure, telling her she was the only one that could save Mr Biddulph and that “he deserves all the punishment that comes his way”.

One witness is expected to testify that Mr Biddulph had said something to the effect of “let’s get it on” moments before the fight broke out.

Mr Byrne said testimony would reveal Mr Biddulph had thrown one punch before Dwyer knocked him out with a return punch to the head then continued to punch him while he was on the ground.

He said Mr Biddulph had died as a result of “multiple applications of blunt force trauma”.

Mr Byrne said Dwyer had expressed concern about Mr Biddulph’s welfare shortly after the fight, not realising at first that he had died.

One of the first witnesses was Senior Constable Kimberley McNamara, who testified about blood stains that had been analysed at the scene.

She said that some of the blood stains were a result of at least two impacts where the victim was bleeding.

Defence barrister Colin Reid questioned whether medical treatment would affect forensic findings as to blood spatter.

Snr Const. McNamara said it would depend on the type of treatment.

The trial continues today.

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