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Murder accessory on ice before Vic killing

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Melissa Iaria

An accessory to the murder of a Victorian woman believed she was "probably already dead" when her body was wrapped in a sheet and placed in the back of a ute, a court has heard.

Simone Quinlan's burnt remains were found in an old mine shaft near Bendigo, days after she went missing in August last year.

The 33-year-old mother-of-two had been savagely beaten for hours while Dylan Jez, 24, and others smoked ice at her home, the Supreme Court was told.

Her body was then wrapped in a sheet and placed in a ute, at which time Jez believed she was "probably already dead", prosecutor Kevin Doyle said.

Ms Quinlan was then shot five times in the back of the head in the vehicle.

Justice Jane Dixon described the murder as "fairly horrendous on the scale of killings".

Prosecutor Kevin Doyle said Jez was part of a joint criminal enterprise to dispose of Ms Quinlan's body, wash the ute involved and then destroy it to avoid detection.

His crime was aggravated by the fact he was present for a number of hours while Ms Quinlan was beaten, then went along to find a dumping place for her body.

Jez previously pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder.

He was originally charged with murder but a magistrate dropped the charge after a lack of evidence.

Ms Quinlan's remains were discovered on her son's fifth birthday, her grieving mother, Lynda Quinlan, told Monday's plea hearing.

The distraught family could not grapple with how she was discarded "like a piece of garbage and set on fire", she said.

"We, as a family, are totally devastated, heartbroken and destroyed to know we will never see Simone again," she said.

Defence barrister Adam Chernok said Jez's only "active steps" in the crime were giving a co-accused a lift to help dispose the body.

He suggested his involvement was at the "very lowest end of criminality", but Justice Jane Dixon disagreed, saying Jez initially lied to police.

Mr Chernok said his client had a difficult childhood and a history of substance abuse, including cannabis, alcohol and then ice, which he was affected by at the time of the killing.

Jez will be sentenced at a future date.

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