TWO men and a woman plotted and then carried out a horrific murder on a bushy Queensland property, with the victim put through an industrial woodchipper, police say.
Police charged all three with murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice after arresting the trio in separate operations on Tuesday morning.
Officers were initially told butcher Bruce Saunders, 54, accidentally fell into the chipper while clearing a friend’s rural property at Goomboorian, near Gympie, on the night of November 12 last year.
But in the days that followed, police received information suggesting foul play and by February, homicide detectives were on the case.
On Tuesday, police swooped and allege the three worked together to hatch and execute the gruesome plot.
The two men – Greg Roser, 58, of Deception Bay, and Peter Koenig, 61, of Gympie – briefly faced the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
A 57-year-old Gympie woman, who was arrested at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast, is facing the same charges.
The portly, blonde woman was stooped and wearing dark glasses as she was led handcuffed into a police station ahead of her court appearance later in the day.