Two to be sentenced over death of Gold Coast officer

BREAKING NEWS: Donna McAvoy was this afternoon sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 15 years for her involvement in the shooting death of Coomera Detective Damian Leeding in May 2011.

Co-accused Benjamin Ernest Power was also handed a nine year jail sentence after pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

EARLIER: Sentencing on Friday for a man and woman, over the shooting death of Coomera Detective Damian Leeding at the Pacific Pines Tavern in May 2011.


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Donna Lee McAvoy, 40, was found guilty of murdering Detective Leeding, 35, last September.

She has had this case and several others, which are unrelated, wrapped together and will be sentenced for all at once in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Benjamin Ernest Power, 39, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, also last year, and will also learn his fate today too.

Gunman Phillip Graeme Abell, 41, was jailed for life in October 2013.

Detective Leeding had been responding to reports of an armed robbery when he was fatally wounded in Pacific Pines.  He was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital where his life support machine was later switched off.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Procter from Gold Coast CIB will read a statement to media also on Friday, following the finalisation of the case in relation to the death of Detective Leeding.

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