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Former anti-Islamic State fighter Ashley Dyball expected to be released from prison today

Former anti-Islamic State fighter Ashley Dyball is sentenced to three years in jail for improperly interfering with the corpse of a Queensland man, but is expected to be released from prison today due to time already served.

A former anti-Islamic State fighter has been sentenced to three years in jail for improperly interfering with the corpse of a Queensland man, but is expected to be released from prison today.

Ashley Dyball, 28, has already spent three-and-a-half years in custody over the death of 22-year-old Samuel Thompson in March 2017.

Yesterday a Supreme Court jury in Brisbane found Dyball not guilty of murder, but guilty of interfering with Mr Thompson’s corpse, which was found buried at the Beerburrum State Forest, north of Brisbane.

Dyball also pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug.

Another man, Roberto Boscaino, was last year found guilty of Mr Thompson’s murder.

Dyball travelled to Syria in May 2015 to fight for the Kurdish YPG militia against Islamic State.

During Dyball’s trial, the Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Mr Thompson was looking for a new cannabis supplier when he arranged to meet Boscaino at his Bald Hills home on March 7, 2017.

The court heard within an hour of arriving he died, likely from either facial or neck injuries, possibly inflicted with a tomahawk.

Dyball helped Boscaino put Mr Thompson’s body into a toolbox, loaded it onto Boscaino’s ute and drove with him to the Beerburrum State Forest where Mr Thompson’s body was buried in a shallow grave, the court was told.

Mr Thompson’s body was not found until almost a month later on April 3, 2017.

“I can only imagine the anguish that caused Mr Thompson’s family, and that would no doubt have been compounded when they learned much later that his body had been subjected to theā€¦

Ashleigh Stevenson

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