Jury finds a man GUILTY of grisly murder of his mate by smashing him over the head with a metal bar and putting his body through a woodchipper
- Queensland jury finds Gregory Lee Roser guilty of the murder of Bruce Saunders
- Saunders, 54, was killed after he got caught up in ‘love quadrangle’ with friends
- He died after being fed into a woodchipper at a rural property in November 2017
- Co-accused Sharon Graham has pleaded not guilty and applied for separate trial
- Peter Koenig pleaded guilty to accessory after fact to murder earlier this year
Five years after Bruce Saunders’ body was found in a woodchipper, Gregory Lee Roser has been found guilty of his murder.
All that was left of Mr Saunders were his legs sticking out of the chipper when emergency services arrived at a property north of Brisbane in November 2017.
Roser, 63, did not deny Mr Saunders was murdered at his five-week Brisbane Supreme Court trial.
Roser said he had ‘shamefully’ assisted with disposing of the body in the chipper then lied about it, telling police that it had been an industrial accident.
However, Roser accused another man – Peter Koenig – of killing Mr Saunders while they were clearing trees at the Goomboorian property near Gympie.
The jury began deliberating on Tuesday afternoon and found Roser guilty with Mr Saunders’ family and friends in attendance on Friday morning.
A jury has found Gregory Lee Roser (pictured left with co-accused Sharon Graham) guilty of murder
Bruce Saunders (pictured) was killed after becoming embroiled in a ‘love quadrangle’
The Crown alleged that Sharon Graham asked her lovers Roser and Koenig to kill her ex-partner Mr Saunders and make it look like an accident in a bid to claim his $750,000 life insurance.
Roser said he refused despite pressure from Graham and Koenig to murder the ‘happy go lucky’ Mr Saunders.
However, Koenig claimed Roser repeatedly bludgeoned Mr Saunders with a metal bar as they finished work at the property.
Koenig told the court that he helped carry the body to the chipper because Roser had a bad back.
Koenig said he fed Mr Saunders into the machine, leaving the legs sticking out to make it look more like an accident.
‘Just to leave a bit of Bruce… for the police to see,’ he said.
Emergency services were confronted with horrific scenes when they arrived at the property (pictured) near Gympie north of Brisbane in November 2017
Mr Saunders was killed after becoming embroiled in a ‘love quadrangle’, the court heard.
Graham was living with Mr Saunders albeit in separate bedrooms and was in a relationship with Roser while also having ‘intimate relations’ with Koenig.
Mr Saunders was still ‘besotted’ with Graham, the court heard, making out his will and life insurance policy in her favour.
Graham, 61, and Roser had pleaded not guilty to murder before the former successfully applied for a separate trial.
Koenig pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder earlier this year.
Bruce Saunders (pictured) had been clearing trees on a Goomboorian property near Gympie when he was murdered
Peter Koenig (pictured leaving court in September) pleaded guilty to accessory after fact to murder earlier this year