Penis hacker's sentence appeal unsucessful

Dianna Gay Wright
Dianna Gay Wright

A WOMAN who severed a man's penis after she was told he was a rapist or paedophile has lost a bid to reduce her sentence.

Fraser Coast woman Dianna Gay Wright was sentenced to nine years jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter of Noel Allan Clark, one year longer than the sentence her lawyers had asked for.

She appealed the sentence, claiming it was manifestly excessive, in the Court of Appeal last month but the decision was not published until her co-accused Graeme Kenneth Wright was found guilty after a trial.

Wright was 30 and a drug addict when she helped Graeme lure Mr Clark - a 33-year-old father of two - to harm on May 25, 2009.

The courts have heard Graeme concocted a plan for Wright, who was sleeping with co-accused Byron Naylor, to sleep with Mr Clark so his own partner, Kylie Mackney, would see Mr Clark was not trustworthy.

Police have conducted extensive searches around Beerburrum and Deception Bay, just south of the Sunshine Coast, but have never found Mr Clark's body.

Chief justice Paul de Jersey said Wright knew death was a probable consequence of a plan to inflict serious physical harm on Mr Clark, noting she had heard Graeme speak of killing him in "the most vitriolic and threatening terms".

He said she was involved in planning the attack for days, knew Graeme planned incapacitate Mr Clark with an ether-based spray and would use power leads to restrain him.

Justice de Jersey said Wright went to a lot of trouble to contact Mr Clark and knew he was terrified Graeme "might kill him".

"Yet she lured the deceased back to the house where she knew (Wright and Naylor), 'armed' with the spray and the leads, were lying in wait for him," he said.

Justice de Jersey said Wright did not distance herself from the violence "in any way", helped move the body and then "carried out the degrading act of severing the penis".

He and Justice John Muir concluded the nine-year jail term imposed was not manifestly excessive and not requiring her to serve 80% of the sentence was enough discount for helping police.

"While the applicant did not deliver the fatal blows, her criminality was of a high order," Justice de Jersey said.

Justice Jean Dalton disagreed, arguing a seven-and-a-half year sentence was appropriate to reflect Wright's co-operation with authorities.

She said although it was a brutal killing Wright was "entitled to a real discount".

Graeme Wright was convicted of murder after a trial on the Fraser Coast this week and sentenced to life in prison.

Naylor, who repeatedly bashed Mr Clark with a baseball bat in the attack, was last month sentenced to nine years and nine months in jail for his role.

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