Man pleads guilty to teen's murder
FORMER Bundaberg teenager Klarissa "Sal" Callow was murdered at the hands of her former boyfriend, who left her for dead in a locked storage shed in Stanthorpe, a court was told today.
Just two months shy of her 18th birthday at the time of her death on August 9, 2009, Clarissa had told friends Bowan Taylor Wade had been stalking her and threatening to kill himself if she didn’t take him back.
"He (Wade) won’t leave me alone, he follows me everywhere," the teenager had told friends shortly before her death, prosecutor Andrew Anderson told Toowoomba Supreme Court.
Her bloodied and bruised body was found by police inside a locked storage shed in Stanthorpe on the morning of August 10, he said.
To the surprise of Wade’s barrister, John Allen, who had moments earlier told Justice Byrne he expected his client’s trial to run for about seven days, Wade pleaded guilty to the charge of murder when called upon to enter a plea.
Taken aback, Mr Allen asked Justice Byrne for an adjournment so he could further confide with his client.
But when the court resumed about 15 minutes later, Wade maintained his plea of guilty.
Justice Byrne said there was only one penalty that could be imposed in the circumstances and sentenced Wade to life imprisonment – leaving him to serve a minimum 15 years of actual jail time.