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Brandon Peter Macgowan has been found guilty of the murders of couple Cindy Masonwells and Scott Maitland in 2012.image www.crimefiles.net

Brandon Peter Macgowan has been found guilty of the murders of couple Cindy Masonwells and Scott Maitland in 2012.

BRANDON Peter MacGowan has been jailed for 30 years without parole after being found guilty of the murders of couple Cindy Masonwells and Scott Maitland in 2012.

A jury took just over two hours to decide the fate of the former mechanic.

The trial concluded yesterday after eight days of evidence.

Earlier story on the murder  below…

Mount Isa couple murdered ….Qld Australia

TRAGEDY struck the community for a second time in 2012 when a Mount Isa couple was reported missing and later found to have been murdered.

Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells were last seen in Cairns collecting their newly-restored Holden panel ban from a workshop on July 5.

Friends and family grew worried for the pair when they could not be contacted and police detectives began searching.

Alarms were raised by friends and family when the mother of Mr Maitland’s daughter and Mr Maitland’s mother were unable to contact either of the pair.

Police detectives began searching and a Facebook page was created to find the couple.

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The bodies of the two were still missing 10 days after being reported missing but a man appeared in court on the eleventh day charged with their murder.

Brandon McGowan was remanded in custody until September after he did not appear in court nor enter a plea.

Bodies had still not been found by late July but police said the couple was known to Mr McGowan.

Extra police presence in Cairns, totalling 50 officers on the case led to two bodies being found on July 18 in steep, dense rainforest at Kanimbla.

Police later confirmed the bodies found were those of Mr Maitland and Ms Masonwells.

McGowan was alleged to have acted alone in the murder.

McGowan had his case adjourned in early September when he did not appear in court.

His case was adjourned to a committal call-over on October 3 but no further information has been released regarding the case.

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