Friday, 10 October 2008

Two men jailed over 'nuisance' manslaughter

A Brisbane judge has jailed two men after they pleaded guilty to manslaughter following the death of another man two years ago.

The body of 47-year-old Thomas Standish was found in Goong Creek at Beachmere, north of Brisbane, in 2006.

Damien James Frame, 28, and 41-year-old Michael John McPhee pleaded guilty to manslaughter and to interfering with a corpse.

Prosecutor Simone Bayne told the Supreme Court the accused men had taped Mr Standish's hands together and taped his mouth shut at their Gailes home after an all-day drinking session, but the cause of death was unknown.

Justice James Douglas said Mr Standish's death was the result of a ridiculous attempt to silence a man who was being a nuisance.

He jailed McPhee for eight-and-a-half years with a parole eligibility date in 2011 and sentenced Frame to seven-and-a-half years with a parole eligibility date next year.

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