A 60-year-old woman who admitted to dumping her partner's headless torso on a roadside near Gympie almost five years ago has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Lindy Williams was charged with the murder of George Gerbic after his remains were discovered burning on Cedar Pocket Road in September 2013.
When the trial started in Brisbane last week, Williams pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Gerbic, but admitted to dumping his headless torso on the side of the road and setting it alight.
She claimed she acted in self-defence after the 66-year-old attacked her with a knife and, in a police interview played to the jury, said she had left their home and later returned to find his dismembered torso.
Her lawyer later said Williams was responsible for dismembering Mr Gerbic.
'One of the worst cases of interference with a human body'
During sentencing, Justice Peter Flanagan said Williams deprived Mr Gerbic's family of closure by lying about his murder.
"For 10 months you undertook a very detailed and sophisticated cover-up," Justice Flanagan said.
"That cover-up, including lying to so many people.
"The act of cutting up George Gerbic with a saw which you had purchased from Bunnings is from any view an horrific act.
"This surely must be one of the worst cases of interference with a human body.
"Because you dismembered his body, it remains unknown where his head is, where his lower body is, and where his hands are."
Justice Flanagan said if the events happened as she had told police, namely in self-defence, "it is inexplicable why a person in that situation would not have not gone immediately to police, or at least told close friends".
"There was a heartlessness in what you did by lying to George Gerbic's parents, his sons, his ex-partners and … to your friends," he said.
Williams will be eligible to apply for parole after serving at least 20 years behind bars.
Williams claimed victim slipped in blood, hit head
In a police interview played to jurors during the trial, Williams told officers Mr Gerbic had slipped on her blood and hit his head on the kitchen bench during an argument and he was still lying on the floor when she fled the next morning.
She claimed she returned home a few days after Mr Gerbic had attacked her with a knife, to find his dismembered torso in their ensuite.
The court heard Williams was shocked to make the discovery and told detectives she thought a friend may have dismembered the body.
Also tendered as evidence to the court was a magazine interview Williams had given in 2007, where she claimed she had "survived a crazed stalker".
In his closing address on Wednesday, defence barrister Simon Lewis told jurors his client was responsible for cutting up the body but said she was trying to cover-up "something terrible" and it did not prove she committed murder.
The jury deliberated for almost eight hours before reaching the verdict on Friday morning.