Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Address Book Key to Conviction; EXCLUSIVE Family's Discovery of Contact Details Led to Help Unravelling Lies and Fraud

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Address Book Key to Conviction; EXCLUSIVE Family's Discovery of Contact Details Led to Help Unravelling Lies and Fraud

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner news@dailymercury.com.au

A LITTLE book of names and phone numbers was the key item that unravelled Catherine Faye Campbell's lies and fraud.

Campbell was found guilty on Wednesday by a jury of two counts of fraud, three of false information in affidavits and two of perjury after a two-and-a-half-week trial in the Rockhampton District Court.

The victim of Campbell's actions was McEwens Beach resident Christopher Neil Butler and his family.

Mr Butler died on September 18, 2011. Two days prior to his death, his house and land were transferred out of his name and into Campbell's.

Two months after his death, she forged Department of Main Roads documents to transfer his Nissan Patrol into her name and sold it.

Mr Butler's sisters Karen and Sue fought for their brother's estate through a civil trial in the Supreme Court and won. This lead to Campbell's charges before the District Court.

Outside court on Wednesday, Sue Butler said she was relieved and pleased at the District Court jury decision.

There was no complete closure on Wednesday as Campbell's sentencing has been adjourned for two weeks.

Ms Butler said the sentencing delay did not upset her as she had got what she wanted - Campbell in jail. She described how the truth unravelled and led to Campbell's incarceration.

Ms Butler said as family members arrived in Mackay after Chris' death for his funeral, one managed to pick up his address book that was sitting beside the phone in his house before Campbell stopped allowing family members or friends inside.

She said a Mackay solicitor's name and phone number was in that book - Geoff Govey - and the family rang him to see if he knew where Chris' will was located.

Ms Butler said although he didn't know where the will was, he did know some crucial details that led to a lot of questions being asked, and an investigation. …

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