SHOCKING CASES: Murders, deaths that rocked Warwick
Gail Lynch, the McCulkin family, Klarissa “Sal” Callow, and more.
They’re the names the Warwick community will always remember, whose brutal murders or suspicious disappearances have left a permanent mark on the town’s memory.
These were the murders and deaths that rocked Warwick:
The then-34-year-old and his accomplice Garry Reginald ‘Shorty’ Dubois lured the mother and her children from their Highgate Hill home late in the evening on January 16, 1974.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard the two men bound the 34-year-old mother during the drive to an unknown bush location.
The 78-year-old was convicted of the three murders, and his co-accused the manslaughter of Mrs McCulkin and the rapes and murders of her two daughters.
Both men were sentenced to life in jail with no eligibility for parole.
The three victims’ bodies have never been found.
Ian Hannaford was sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of his former partner Gail Lynch.
The Toowoomba Supreme Court heard the Warwick woman’s DNA was found in drops of blood on items in the boot of Hannaford’s car, on a towel inside his Rockville unit, and on an axe Hannaford had bought the day after Ms Lynch disappeared.
Ms Lynch was last seen leaving her Guy St unit in July, 2012, and her body remains undiscovered today.
Hannaford will be eligible for parole in 2027.
Klarissa “Sal” Callow
Bowan Taylor Wade was convicted of manslaughter after leaving his 17-year-old girlfriend for dead in a locked storage shed.
The Toowoomba Supreme Court heard the then-22-year-old pushed or threw Klarissa “Sal” Callow off boxes inside the Stanthorpe storage shed in August, 2009, then choked her for a short time until she turned blue.
Thinking the girl dead, possibly from a broken neck, Wade fled the scene and made no attempt to call emergency services. He handed himself over to Warwick police the next day.
A forensic pathologist found blood flowed to the 17-year-old’s nose, pointing to asphyxia, and indicated she likely survived for several hours after Wade left the scene.
Wade pleaded guilty to Ms Callow’s murder when he appeared in Toowoomba Supreme Court in March, 2011, but the Court of Appeal set aside the plea because it found it had been made under extreme distress.
He was sentenced to nine years’ jail with eligibility for parole at the halfway date.
Gregory William Shean was sentenced to life in jail for strangling his housemate and former lover Zoeie Makylev to death and dumping her body in an orchard at The Summit.
The court heard the pair’s pending eviction from their Stanthorpe residence led Shean to commit the murder, in which he twice struck her in the face before choking her with a belt.
Putting a plastic bag over her head, Shean placed her body in the boot of her car and drove to an orchard on Tennant Rd in The Summit. Ms Makylev was found nearly three weeks later.
He was sentenced to life behind bars with a minimum of 15 years, but his 1161 days in pre-sentence custody were taken into account.
Doubts over the cause of former Warwick policeman Mick Isles’ death prompted his family to consider legal action against the state government.
An appeal against the decision was filed in the Brisbane District Court, but it was dismissed by Judge Douglas McGill who said evidence to suggest ill will against Senior Sergeant Isles could not justify “setting aside the finding of suicide”.
The missing policeman’s son Steven Isles said the family would have to “agree to disagree” with the verdict, and would push for an independent inquiry into police corruption.
Senior Sergeant Isles was a respected police officer who served in Warwick until 1989, before shifting to Ayr police station where he was stationed until his disappearance.