Teacher imprisoned

A QUEENSLAND teacher who helped a teenage student dump the murdered body of his brother under a culvert on the Clifton-Leyburn Road in 2007 has been jailed for eight years.

Graeme Frederick McNeil pleaded guilty in the Toowoomba Supreme Court on Thursday to being an accessory after the fact of murder and lying to police after helping his Year 11 student Anthony Rowlingson dump the body of his older brother, Robert, 19.

Anthony Rowlingson pleaded guilty in 2007 to murdering his brother and was sentenced to life in jail, with no hope of release until 2022.

For 46-year-old McNeil, a Cross of Christ minister and respected school teacher, it was recommended he be eligible for a parole release after serving three years in prison.

The horrific murder shook up the quiet Pittsworth community in 2007, which rallied around the Rowlingsons, a third-generation farming family in the district.

Reports also emerged in national media yesterday surrounding McNeil's confession to being a senior Ku Klux Klan official, with the fatal shooting happening after Robert discovered KKK material in Anthony's room which was lent to him by McNeil.

The shooting happened on the family farm, when then-16-year-old Anthony shot his brother twice in the back of the head with a heavy-calibre .243 rifle.



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