A KIWI and an Australian have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Gold Coast cannabis dealer who was strangled in a robbery gone wrong.
Two New Zealand men, David Galloway and Malakai Lui, both 20, and Australian Dustin Johnston, 37, faced a murder trial in the Queensland Supreme Court over the death of Daniel Dwyer, 46.
This afternoon, the Brisbane jury convicted Johnston and Lui of Mr Dwyer’s murder.
The jury acquitted Mr Galloway, who was released from custody.
Mr Dwyer died on August 6, 2008, at his unit in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.
He was found dead with his hands and feet bound.
During the trial, the jury heard that all three accused had visited the man’s unit on the day he died.
Poor health and alcoholism may have contributed to the death of the “eccentric” drug dealer, the jury was told.
The jury heard evidence from a pathologist that Mr Dwyer had heart disease and emphysema, and was regularly heavily intoxicated on alcohol and cannabis.
Justice James Douglas sentenced Lui and Johnston to life with a non-parole period of 15 years.
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