A man died instantly when he fell into a wood chipper on a private property at Goomboorian on Sunday evening.
A man died instantly when he fell into a wood chipper on a private property at Goomboorian on Sunday evening. Frances Klein

Triple arrest over alleged woodchipper murder

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12.45PM: FULL STORY OF TRIPLE ARREST OVER WOODCHIPPER DEATH

A 57-year-old Gympie woman is taken by police into Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
A 57-year-old Gympie woman is taken by police into Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

 

12.47PM: MEN TO FIGHT MURDER CHARGE OVER WOODCHIPPER DEATH

The remains of Bruce Saunders, centre, were found on a rural property near Gympie in November. Peter Koenig, left, and Greg Roser, right, have been charged with murder.
The remains of Bruce Saunders, centre, were found on a rural property near Gympie in November. Peter Koenig, left, and Greg Roser, right, have been charged with murder.

 

UPDATE 9am:

A COOLANGATTA woman is the third person arrested in relation to the gruesome death of Bruce Saunders whose body was put through a woodchipper at a Goomboorian property in November last year.

The 57-year-old woman, who was travelling from New South Wales to Queensland, was arrested in Coolangatta this morning by detectives from the Gympie Criminal Investigation Branch and the Homicide Investigation Unit.

Bruce Saunders.
Bruce Saunders.

A  61-year-old Gympie man and a 59-year-old Deception Bay man were also arrested this morning and each charged with murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice after being arrested in Maroochydore.

They are due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court later today.

Detective Inspector Gary Pettiford said the arrests marked the closure of a vital phase in the investigation that began last year after the death was deemed suspicious. 

"The investigating police officers wish to thank the family members of Mr Saunders for their ongoing cooperation and also to members of the community who offered information during the investigation," Det Insp Pettiford said.

Police and SES crews conduct a search in March at the Goomboorian property where Bruce Saunders died in a woodchipper last year.
Police and SES crews conduct a search in March at the Goomboorian property where Bruce Saunders died in a woodchipper last year.

EARLIER:

TWO people have been arrested in relation to the death of Bruce Saunders whose body was put through an industrial woodchipper at a Goomboorian property last year.

Charges were expected to be laid later today against the two men, one of whom is from Gympie.

Bruce Saunders
Bruce Saunders Contributed

Mr Saunders, 54, had been working on a property on Tanana Rd with two men, helping clear vegetation when he was allegedly killed on a Sunday evening last November.

The three men were helping a recently widowed woman who lived on the property.

The death was initially deemed an accident, however information provided to police indicated the likeable butcher may have met with foul play over a possible love triangle gone wrong.

A man is taken into Maroochydore Watchhouse by police after he was arrested in relation to the woodchipper murder of Nambour man Bruce Saunders.
A man is taken into Maroochydore Watchhouse by police after he was arrested in relation to the woodchipper murder of Nambour man Bruce Saunders. Contributed

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Mr Saunders had been working on the property with two other men - Peter Koenig, 61, of Gympie and Greg Roser, 58, of Deception Bay.

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