Months of Lindy's lies, smears end with guilty verdict

UPDATE: LINDY Yvonne Williams has been sentenced to life in jail after the horrific murder and dismemberment of her partner George Gerbic.

Her lies extended even to deceiving Mr Gerbic's loved ones in the months that passed between his September 2013 murder and the identification of his remains the following year.

Justice Peter Flanagan told Williams what he found most "distressing" was "the lies that you told to George Gerbic's parents".

After murdering Mr Gerbic, Williams spent his money and smeared his character.

Jurors reached their verdict on Friday morning after a two-week trial.

Asked at Brisbane Supreme Court if she had anything to say, Williams said "no", shook her head briefly, and sat down.

"Because you dismembered his body, it remains unknown where his head is, where his lower body is, and where his hands are," Justice Peter Flanagan said.

"For ten months, you undertook a very sophisticated and detailed cover-up…that cover-up included lying to so many people."

Facebook photos of Torso victim George Gerbic and murderer Lindy Williams
Facebook photos of Torso victim George Gerbic and murderer Lindy Williams

The impact of the murder and the deceit was devastating to the Gerbic family.

Mr Gerbic's father died aged 95 before seeing justice delivered.

He was now buried next to his son's torso, the judge said.

It was "inexplicable" for Williams to claim self-defence yet not go to police or tell anyone about Mr Gerbic's death.

"This surely must be one of the worst cases of interference with a human body," Justice Flanagan added.

Williams was sentenced to life in jail for murder and two years for interfering with a corpse, the maximum penalty allowed for that offence.

Having spent about 1470 days in custody, Williams will not be eligible for parole until 2034, when she will be in her mid-70s.

She showed no emotion as she was led out of the dock and back into custody.

EARLIER: SHE KILLED her partner, dismembered him, dumped his torso and set it alight.

And after murdering George Gerbic, Lindy Yvonne Williams spent the next 10 months spending his money, smearing his character and lying to his loved ones.

Brisbane Supreme Court jurors on Thursday found Sunshine Coast woman Williams guilty of murder after a two-week trial.

Mr Gerbic, 66, suffered "an ignominious end that he did not deserve" prosecutor Todd Fuller said.

Williams, 60, had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to interfering with the Tanawha man's corpse.

Mr Gerbic was decapitated and his hands cut off before his torso was found near Gympie on September  19, 2013.

His remains were only identified 10 months later.

 

And during those months, Williams orchestrated what the Crown called a "pantomime" of lies.

She claimed Mr Gerbic had a secret bisexual lover and told his relatives he was overseas.

Mr Fuller said this charade included multiple messages sent from a dead Mr Gerbic's email account to his relatives and friends.

The "cold, manipulative, deceptive" purpose of these emails, Mr Fuller said, was to keep everyone thinking Mr Gerbic was alive.

Ms Williams also took thousands of dollars from Mr Gerbic's savings, splashing out on holidays including a trip to Thailand.

Defence counsel Simon Lewis said his client might have killed Mr Gerbic "accidentally or in a combination of self-defence and accidentally".

Williams claimed Mr Gerbic attacked her, slipped in her blood, and hit his head on a granite kitchen top.

She also claimed she went to a motel, then returned to the Tanawha home to find the dismembered torso in an ensuite.

He said "any number of reasons" other than murder could explain why Williams did not call police immediately after her partner's death.

The barrister referred to comments Mr Gerbic's former partner Robyn Watson made during the Brisbane Supreme Court trial.

Ms Watson described a violent outburst from Mr Gerbic.

And Mr Lewis said a "violent act of madness" by Mr Gerbic or "inexplicable explosion" might have preceded a fatal fight with Ms Williams.

The defence counsel said there was no dispute Williams was involved in dismembering the body.

Justice Peter Flanagan finished summing up the case on Thursday morning.

He told jurors that if they found Williams not guilty of murder, they'd have to consider whether she was guilty of manslaughter.

Williams will be sentenced for murder and interfering with a corpse later. -NewsRegional