A Queensland man has been discovered responsible of murdering his accomplice, Alexis Parkes, in a home hearth.
James Morton Mason informed police that, after an argument, he set a automobile alight beneath Parkes’ home in Brisbane’s north in February 2020, a trial heard.
Parkes, 50, died days after firefighters discovered her unresponsive in her Chermside home.
She died after struggling a number of organ failure because of accidents from the blaze.
The 46-year-old had already pleaded responsible to arson throughout the trial, which started final week in Brisbane’s supreme court docket.
Nevertheless, Mason pleaded not responsible to homicide.
The court docket heard that he had informed officers that he didn’t contemplate the implications of the fireplace and didn’t intend to harm his accomplice of 11 months.
Mason informed police he began the fireplace after claiming Parkes had threatened him and his household throughout an argument, the court docket heard.
In a recording from the Brisbane watch home performed in court docket, Mason was requested by an undercover officer about what he was pondering when he began the blaze.
“I’ll get you again bitch, you don’t f***ing threaten my household,” Mason stated.
Mason then shared a joke about getting marshmallows for the lethal blaze with the undercover officer, who he thought was a fellow inmate.
After beginning their deliberations on Thursday, the jury on Monday discovered Mason responsible of homicide.
Mason will probably be sentenced by justice David Jackson.