A chilling re-enactment where convicted murderer Lindy Yvonne Williams lied to police about killing and decapitated her partner has been released for the first time.
A video of the police interview and walk-through of their home was shown to the jury during her recent nine-day murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
The footage was made public on Friday after Williams was sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of George Gerbic in September 2013.
The re-enactment occurred ten months after Mr Gerbic’s burning torso was found on the side of road near Gympie, Queensland.
Williams claimed in the police interview she acted in self-defence after her 66-year-old de-facto attacked her with a knife during an argument at their Sunshine Coast home.
A Brisbane Supreme Court jury has found Lindy Williams (right) of murdering her de facto George Gerbic (left)
A chilling re-enactment where convicted murderer Lindy Yvonne Williams (pictured) lied to police about killing and decapitated her partner has been released for the first time
She told police he was lying on the floor when she fled the house the following morning.
Then she stumbled over her words as she claimed to recall finding his dismembered torso in their ensuite when she returned home several days later.
Williams later took police to the garage, where she admitted to wrapping up the torso and dumping it, which led to her being charged with Mr Gerbic’s murder.
On Friday, the Brisbane Supreme Court jury found Williams guilty of murder, rejecting her claims that she acted in self defence.
The headless torso found on Cedar Pocket Road near Gympie in September 2013 wasn’t formally identified by police as Mr Gerbic’s until 10 months later.
A video of the police interview and walk-through of their home shown to the jury during her recent nine-day murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court was made public on Friday
Williams claims in the police interview she acted in self-defence after Mr Gerbic, 66, attacked her with a knife during an argument at their Sunshine Coast home.
A former football club president at Coolum FC, Mr Gerbic’s head, hands and legs have not been found, nor has the cause of his death been established.
Williams pleaded guilty to interfering with his corpse at the start of her trial.
The court was told Williams dismembered Mr Gerbic’s body with an electric saw before covering up her actions for ten months by telling friends and family he was overseas.
‘What I found most distressing was the lies you told to George Gerbic’s parents,’ Justice Peter Flanagan said in sentencing Williams to Queensland’s mandatory minimum life sentence.
‘The act of cutting up George Gerbic with a saw … is, on any view, a horrific act. It has denied the family the closure that would come from being able to bury their father.’
Lindy Williams (left) was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her de facto George Gerbic (right)
George Gerbic Sr died after his son’s murder.
Williams initially told police Mr Gerbic hit his head on a kitchen benchtop after slipping on blood from a cut to her arm.
She claimed Gerbic had used a steak knife to cut her during an argument.
She said she hit him while trying to defend herself with a bar stool.
But she denied cutting up his body and said she did not know who did, claiming she returned to the home days after the fight to find his torso wrapped in plastic in their ensuite.
Lindy Williams (pictured) will be 77 when she will be eligible for parole in 2034
‘I tried to pick it up with just the plastic but I couldn’t pick it up because it was too heavy and that’s when I went and got the tarp and a rope and after I wrapped it up, I dragged it out,’ Williams explained in the police video.
It was a claim her own lawyer Simon Lewis labelled ‘rubbish’ during the trial.
He told the court that his client had caused Mr Gerbic’s death, lied about it, and dismembered his body with a saw.
But he said the death was a terrible accident likely caused by Williams defending herself, and that she was a domestic violence victim who panicked and concocted elaborate lies to cover up what had really happened.
Williams has already spent three years in custody, making her eligible for release in 2034 when she will be 77.
The court heard that Lindy Williams dismembered her de facto’s body with an electric saw (pictured) purchased from Bunnings