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Mum found guilty of horrific murder

SHAUNE Gibson's family breathed a sigh of relief after a jury took less than two hours to find an Ipswich mother guilty of his murder.

The jury delivered their verdict on Friday shortly after 3.05pm.

Valerie Jeanette Chambers, 45, pleaded not guilty this week in the Brisbane Supreme Court to the murder of Mr Gibson, 19, on August 9, 2012 at Eastern Heights.

Chambers, also known as Valerie Jeanette Mullins, pleaded guilty to manslaughter before the trial got underway, but the Crown rejected the plea and continued pursuing the murder charge.

Mr Gibson's mother, Roselyn Scott, told APN Newsdesk outside the Supreme Court shortly after the verdict was handed down that she was relieved justice had been served.

"It is a wonderful outcome ... justice has been served for my boy," she said.

"I will always have a hole in my heart that will never be filled.

"It has been a hard process, but it is finished now and hopefully Shaune can rest in peace."

The four-day trial this week heard Chambers is one of three people charged over the murder.

Warrick David Lindenberg, 29, pleaded guilty to Mr Gibson's murder earlier this month and is due to be sentenced next week.

Lindenberg had been in a relationship with Chambers's daughter at the time of Mr Gibson's murder.

APN Newsdesk can now reveal a then 16-year-old girl pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this month for her involvement in Mr Gibson's death and will be sentenced on June 25.

She has spent the past three years behind bars but cannot be named due to her age at the time of the offence.

The girl was previously in a relationship with Mr Gibson.

The court heard Chambers used the 16-year-old girl to lure Mr Gibson to a home in Cooinda St where he was set upon, tied up, savagely beaten and eventually strangled to death with a coat hanger.

Mr Gibson's body was located in a shallow grave off Balaam Hill Rd at Churchable the following month.

The trial heard covert police recordings from devices placed inside the Cooinda St house where people could be heard laughing, joking and conspiring to throw off the police investigation.

Chambers said during her police interview that she watched Mr Gibson take his last breath before the life drained from his body.

A fourth man, 28, who was in a relationship with Chambers at the time of Mr Gibson's murder, gave police crucial evidence which led to the three arrests.

He was sentenced last year for his involvement as an accessory after the fact but a non-publication order prevents APN Newsdesk from naming him or revealing what punishment he received.

It is understood the man is serving a four-month sentence at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre for an unrelated matter.

Justice David Boddice adjourned the matter until next week where both Chambers and Lindenberg will be sentenced together over Mr Gibson's murder.

A murder conviction in Queensland carries a mandatory life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years. - APN NEWSDESK.



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