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Qld man left for dead in pool of blood

Two women are set to be sentenced for manslaughter after a Queensland man was ambushed by two sword-wielding men and left for dead in a pool of his own blood.

November 29, 2019

Two more people are set to be sentenced after a Queensland man was ambushed by two sword-wielding attackers and left for dead in a pool of his own blood.

Trevor Spencer, 73, and Mark Stephen Crump’s murderous assault on Gary Ryan, 43, at his Mundubbera home on August 23, 2016, was so frenzied the pair also stabbed each other, the Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Thursday.

“The pair of you ambushed him. You repeatedly stabbed him in the most callous and brutal manner,” Justice Martin Burns said.

“You wounded him almost 60 times and then left him dying on the ground to be found by his mother and daughter.”

The court heard Crump, 38, was the prime mover behind the attack, motivated by his anger towards Mr Ryan for reporting the alleged sexual misconduct against a woman.

“And in particular, to suppress the furthering of the complaint she’d made to the police,” Justice Burns said.

The injuries to Mr Ryan’s head and neck were so extensive an undertaker refused to let his family view his body because it was too “mutilated”.

“Such base wickedness is not frequently seen by these courts,” Justice Burns said.

He sentenced the men to life in prison, saying the parole authorities will need to think long and hard before ever considering “such callous individuals” for release.

On Friday, Mr Ryan’s ex-wife Marilyn Anne Ryan and family friend Jessica Lee Roebuck are expected to be sentenced for manslaughter in relation to his death.

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