Murderer gets life sentence

THE granddaughter of Craigmore resident Robert Whitwell will serve 21 years behind bars for murdering him last year.
Brittany Dwyer was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 20 years and six months, for stabbing her 81-year-old grandfather to death at his home last August.
Miss Dwyer also received an additional six-month punishment for home invasion.
The 20-year-old’s friend, Bernadette Burns, who was also involved, was sentenced to life imprisonment, but received a non-parole period of 13 years and six months.
Both sentences were backdated to mid-2016.
The two girls travelled from Queensland to Mr Whitwell’s home, with the intention of stealing more than $100,000 of his savings on the night of the killing.

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.