Gold Coast teen jailed over ‘cold blooded’ murder of grandfather

A young Gold Coast woman has been sentenced to a minimum of 21 years behind bars for the “cold blooded” stabbing murder of her grandfather.

Brittany Dwyer was just 19-years-old when she and her co-accused Bernadette Burns, drove from Queensland to Adelaide to rob 81-year-old Robert Whitwell of his life savings last year.

Dwyer was given a non parole period of 21 years in South Australia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, while Burns was given a non-parole period of 13 years.


During sentencing, Justice Kevin Nicholson said the murder was ” brutal, callous, cold-blooded and dispassionately planned.”