A man has been found guilty of the murder of New
Zealander Brent Dumper at his daughter's house-warming party on
the Gold Coast.
Bevan Carl Forsythe, who is also formerly of New Zealand, has
been told his verdict in the Supreme Court of Brisbane this
He was on trial after pleading not guilty to murder, though
he had admitted he was criminally responsible for Mr Dumper's
death and had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The jury returned its guilty verdict this afternoon and also
found Forsythe guilty of attempted murder of another man at
the housewarming party on May 30, 2010.
Mr Dumper's wife, Karyn, cried in court as she re-lived
seeing her husband shot dead in front of her.
"One minute my life was perfect, the next I was living the
worst nightmare you can imagine," she said.
"None of us suspected this to happen and I will always have
awful memories of watching my darling Brent fall to the
ground and how he looked at me for a split second, when he
had fallen in front of me, with love in his eyes.
"And in that split second my darling was gone."
Mrs Dumper said she had returned to New Zealand after her
husband's death because she lost her job after she "could
never get out of bed [or] function to do normal everyday
"My life was ripped apart when Brent was taken. Nothing has
ever been the same again," she said.
"Brent was the love of my life, my soulmate. We'd been
together 22 years, since I was 17. He was my first love and
we raised our children together. We had a great marriage and
"All that as taken away on that Saturday."
Mrs Dumper said when the gun was pointed at her after her
husband had been shot she thought she was going to be killed.
"I thought I was dead. I thought that was my last second of
life, my last breath," she said.
She said any loud noise like a car backfiring or a balloon
popping reminds her of the "horror and helplessness" on the
day Mr Dumper was killed.
"There is not a day that goes by that I'm not reminded of the
trauma of that Saturday," she said.
"The heartache and the sorrow and the gut-wrenching sadness
... every day is a struggle, every day I'm reminded."
Mr Dumper, 46, a former Waiuku antiques dealers, was shot at
point-blank range at the party to celebrate his daughter,
Jessie Anderson, moving into her home at Clearlake.
Ms Anderson had moved in with her partner, whose second
cousin, Forsythe, lived next door.
The trial heard there were drugs and alcohol consumed at the
party during the afternoon and evening.
There was evidence that Forsythe became increasingly
aggressive throughout the party and challenged Mr Dumper to a
fight more than once.
Later in the evening, Forsyth, 39, went to his house next
door and returned with a shotgun.
He did not say anything before shooting Mr Dumper, the court
A second man, Michael McMillan, was shot at but managed to
push the shotgun away, though pellets put holes in his
clothing and grazed his stomach.
"[Forsythe] then turned on Mr McMillan and deliberately shot.
It was only the act of Mr McMillan pushing the gun away that
prevented what could almost have been certain death," Crown
prosecutor Dan Boyle told the court.
Forsythe has been found guilty of the attempted murder of Mr
Defence barrister Callum Cassidy had asked jurors to assess
whether the witnesses gave "reliable, truthful and accurate
evidence about what happened".
- By Rae Wilson of the Sunshine Coast