(left) Barry Grant and (right) Jethro Matheson.
(left) Barry Grant and (right) Jethro Matheson.

Woman linked to Matheson case

WHEN Donna Ellen McClymont told Jethro Matheson about the drugs she suspected Barry Grant was growing at his Condong property, she set in motion a chain of events that would end with Matheson dead and Grant accused of his murder.

The lengthy saga of drugs, double-crossing and death is slowly being revealed as the key players involved front courts in Tweed Heads and Lismore.

McClymont's part in the tale was heard in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday when she was sentenced for two counts of larceny.

According to facts handed to the court by the Crown Prosecutor, the charges arose from the two occasions in 2008 where McClymont had helped Matheson and others steal cannabis from Grant.

The 46-year-old suspected Grant of cannabis cultivation after being involved in a brief romance with the man in early 2007.

She told Matheson about the property in August 2008 after meeting him in Brisbane and they hatched a plan to steal the cannabis.

Matheson went on to attempt another theft from Grant in January this year with the help of another man and on that occasion Grant allegedly fatally shot the 30-year-old.

McClymont's solicitor, Cameron Bell, said his client had been involved in ongoing visits to Grant's home, but "wasn't present when the man was shot".

"She introduced them to the owner of this property," Mr Bell said.

The crown prosecutor told Magistrate Michael Dakin yesterday that he should consider "parity" between the sentences of the other man and McClymont.

At Lismore Local Court Mr Dakin had recorded no conviction and had given the other man a bond for his role in the attempted theft that left Matheson dead - partly because the "dreadful events" of that night would deter the 23-year-old Chermside carpenter from offending again.

The court was told that Matheson's final act was to push the other man away from Grant's gun, saving his life.

But Mr Dakin said yesterday there were differences in the two cases, as the other man was almost killed on the night of January 21, but McClymont wasn't even there.

"Really, that has nothing to do with this offender, other than she introduced them to the property. The owner who has now been charged with murder," Mr Dakin said.

He recorded a conviction and fined McClymont a total of $800, with $76 court costs.

Mr Bell, said there had been a few "ups and downs" in his client's life, but since the incident she had attained work at an aged-care facility.

She is the mother of five children, with one 16-year-old still living at home.

He said the situation, to some extent, had gotten out of control, and McClymont was now dealing with the death of someone who was close to her.

According to evidence from the crown, McClymont drove Matheson to Condong to steal drugs in August and November last year.

On both occasions she stayed in the car as Matheson entered the dwelling for about 40-minutes before returning with cannabis.

On the first occasion, she got nothing for her efforts, but on the second, Matheson gave her a quantity of marijuana.

The other man was also involved in the November, 2008 theft.

On January 21 this year McClymont participated in an electronic recorded interview at Tweed Heads Police Station where she admitted her involvement in the matters.

Grant remains in the Grafton prison awaiting a hearing on the murder charge scheduled for February 25 and 26 next year at Lismore Local Court.

He also faces drug cultivation charges.

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