Mother to spend 15 years behind bars for Southport workshop killing

DESPITE a judge admitting there is ‘no evidence’ a mother was involved in the Southport murder of a drug associate, she has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Jade Maree Clarke, 40, was yesterday found guilty of being a party to the targeted and brutal bashing murder of Darren John Britza, 31, in a Southport panel beating shop on March 23, 2001.

The Courier Mail reports, when the verdict was handed down in Brisbane’s Supreme Court Clarke thumped her chest with a closed fist and turned to her family on the other side of the glass.


“Tell my kids I love them,” she said.

Justice James Douglas said: “There’s no evidence that you actively did anything to cause injury to the deceased but on the jury’s verdict you were someone who aided or went with the purpose of committing an offence and took part in that offence as a party to that offence, and the law requires that the offence of which you’ve been found guilty be punished by imprisonment.’’

Britza’s body was unearthed by two fishermen who found his skeletal remains wrapped in a blue tarp and buried in a shallow grave beneath the Canungra Creek Bridge at Boyland following flooding rain in 2008.