Revealed: The tragic last words of mum-of-two who was strangled by baby-faced killer before her body was dumped in a crocodile-infested river
- Donna Steele’s last words were ‘I can’t breathe’ before she was brutally killed
- Matthew Ross White pleaded guilty to murdering the mother in August 2017
- White strangled Steele and dumped her in a river to ensure she was dead
- The 27-year-old father was planning to extort $20,000 from the mum-of-two
- He confessed to murdering the Cooktown woman on day two of the trial
‘I can’t breathe’: tragic last words of Donna Steele (pictured) before she was brutally murdered
The last words of a mum-of-two who was brutally murdered by a baby-faced killer have been revealed.
Mathew Ross White told a Cairns Jury the alleged last words of Donna Steele was ‘I can’t breathe’, hours before he pleaded guilty to her murder.
On Wednesday, White, 27, admitted to strangling 47-year-old Donna Steele in Cooktown, Queensland, in August 2017, Cairns Post reported.
The court heard a series of interviews between the then 25-year-old father and Detective Sergeant John Scott McGrath.
It was presumed White’s trial would last up to a week but he admitted to killing the woman on the second day.
‘I was the one that done it,’ White allegedly confessed.
The former Australian Rules footballer also told the detective Ms Steele was targeted because he believed she had associates involved in drugs, and he saw an opportunity to extort $20,000.
White is currently awaiting sentencing after being remanded into custody.
Matthew Ross White (pictured) pleaded guilty today in Cairns Supreme Court to strangling mum Donna Steele during a botched robbery in August 2017 in Cooktown, Queensland