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Murder - s.19A - Contract Killings / for Financial Payment

Standard non-parole period (offences committed on or after 1.2.2003)

Where the victim was a police officer, emergency services worker, correctional officer, judicial officer, health worker, teacher, community worker, or other public official, exercising public or community functions and the offence arose because of the victim's occupation or voluntary work - 25 years

Other cases - 20 years 

Standard non-parole period (offences where conviction entered or plea of guilty made on or after 1.1.2008)

Where the victim was a child under 18 years of age - 25 years 

NAME
(age if known)

DATEPLEASENTENCEAPPEALRECORDHOW KILLEDINVOLVEMENT & SUMMARY

GLASBY

(41)

NSWSC

Sully J

11.6.1998

 

(2000) 115 A Crim R 465

[2000] NSWCCA 83

VGLifeADvery bad, including robbery and armed robbery with wound

shooting

intent kill

Contracted with victim's wife to do murder.

SMITH

(53)

Simpson J

10.9.1998

 

[2000] NSWCCA 202

VGLifeADlengthy, including murder

shooting

intent kill

Drove victim to Botany Bay, shot and buried him - took large amount of money from victim - victim was threatening offender's corrupt relationship with police - premeditated and planned killing.
ROSE[1999] NSWCCA 327

PG

5 x murder

LifeADnot stated

Not stated

Intent to kill

5 gangland / contract murders - facts not stated.

LO

(29)

(2000) 115 A Crim R 53

[2000] NWSC 714

Barr J

 

[2003] NSWCCA 313

PG

Murder

 

Conspiracy to murder

32y

NPP 23y

 

FT 18y

 

Total:

36y

NPP 27y

ADnil

shooting

intent kill

Contract killing of tow-truck driver to pay drug debt - assisted in attempted murder by luring victim to shooter's residence - deeply in debt over drug transactions - both offences fall into worst case category. Assistance to authorities only basis for reducing life sentence – combined 28% discount

OFFER

(35)

[2000] NSWSC 839

G James J

 

[2002] NSWCCA 341

PG

Murder

 

Att Murder

 

Sched:

3 x solicit to murder

34y

NPP 25y

 

FT 10y

(concurrent)

ADof little relevance

cross bow

intent kill

Attempt to kill three witnesses who were to give evidence against him in upcoming trial - offered friend money to take care of three persons - shot wife of one witness with cross bow when she answered door, causing permanent brain damage - shot dead another witness - "very highest criminality" - motivated by panic.

Protective custody - family now in Ireland.

IRANI

(31)

 

 

Co-accused: SUTESKI

[2001] NSWSC 475

Barr J

 

[2002] NSWCCA 153

PG

(40% for plea and assist)

20y

NPP 15y

ADmoderate record with no violencestabbing

Paid to assault co-offender's employer and keep him away from work for several weeks - in struggle fatally stabbed victim - carefully planned offence.

Assistance in relation to co-offender - reasonable prospects of rehabilitation - serious drug addiction

NGO

(43)

(2001) 125 A Crim R 495

[2001] NSWSC 1021

 

(2003) 57 NSWLR 55

[2003] NSWCCA 82

 

[2013] NSWCCA 142

VGLife

Conviction AD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sentence AD

nilshooting

Arranged for shooting of politician - gunned down outside house - motivated by political ambition - several prior attempts made - long period of planning

Vietnamese - evidence of good community work as Deputy Mayor and honourary president of Mekong Club - model prisoner - on protection

SUTESKI

(23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-accused:  IRANI

(2002) 129 A Crim R 559

[2002] NSWSC 457

Kirby J

 

(2002) 137 A Crim R 371

[2002] NSWCCA 509

VG

Murder

 

PG

8 x s.178BA

 

s.178BA

 

Sched:

68 x s.178BA

22y

NPP 16y

 

4y

NPP 3y

 

FT 3y

 

Total:

24y

NPP 18y

ADnil

stabbing

accessory before the fact

intent GBH

Female accounts clerk committed extensive frauds upon company - paid co-offender to injure supervisor to keep him away from work - assisted on night of killing - victim stabbed to death - agreement to inflict gbh - weapons discussed

Committed earlier frauds on different company - no charges when father repaid money

WILKINSON

(26)

 

 

Co-offender:

WILLARD [2005]

TJA [2004]

[2004] NSWSC 1307

Howie J

PG

(25%)

22y 6m

NPP 16y 6m

 Drug offences – breached bond

Shooting

Accessory

SNPP 20 years

Female - assisted in killing of friend's husband – arranged shooter – drove shooter to house – victim shot in back of head while asleep on lounge – premeditated offence for financial reward – substantial role

Judgement impaired by mental state

TJA

(17)

 

 

Co-offender

WILLARD [2005]

WILKINSON [2004]

[2004] NSWSC 1308

Howie J

PG

22y 6m

NPP 16y 6m

 Nil for violence – breached bail and bondShooting

SNPP 20 years

Involved in killing of male on behalf of wife - shooter – victim shot in back of head while asleep on lounge – premeditated offence for financial reward – seeking to impress older girlfriend

Remorse – severely deprived childhood resulting in early drug abuse

SATORRE

(38)

 

Co-offenders:

AB [2005]

TAN [2007]

[2005] NSWSC 367

Studdert J

 

[2006] NSWCCA 298

PG

(Combined 50%)

16y

NPP 12y

ADMinor

Acid attack

Intent GBH

Drove 2 co-offenders to scene of offence – acid poured over victim's face – aware acid to be used to disfigure

Assistance – reasonable prospects of rehabilitation

AB

(37)

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Offenders:

SATORRE [2005]

TAN [2007]

[2006] NSWSC 69

(Grove J)

PG

(25% combined)

 

Sched:

Possess firearm

18y

NPP 13y 6m

 Supply drugs, ongoing supply drugs - on parole.

acid attack

accessory before the fact

Contract killing - Tan asked offender to have victim attacked - dispute over money – offender refused request to splash acid on victim's face but found person who would carry out attack, located hardware store from which acid could be purchase and lent pistol to attacker – victim threatened with pistol and had acid poured into mouth - not motivated by payment but desire to ingratiate himself with Tan who supplied drugs to offender.

Drug abuse.

BURRELL

(44)

[2006] NSWSC 581

Barr J

 

[2007] NSWCCA 65

 

[2008] 238 CLR 218

 

 

(2009) 196 A Crim R 199

[2009] NSWCCA 163

VG

Murder

 

Detain for advantage

Life

AD

 

 

 

 

 

HCA AA – matter remitted to CCA

 

AD

Moderate recordUnknown

Carefully planned kidnapping of female friend for ransom – body never recovered

NORMAN

(50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLIVIERI

(49)

[2007] NSWSC 142

Hidden J

 

[2016] NSWCCA 165

(Olivieri only)

VG

Murder

 

Fraud

 

 

 

 

 

VG

Murder

35y

NPP 29y

 

FT 3y

 

Total:

37y

NPP 31y

 

33y

NPP 28y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conviction AD

Minor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lengthy – dishonesty and drugs

Shooting

Access before the fact

SNPP 20 years

N accountant who defrauded victim – had victim shot by O to cover up fraud – O paid little more than expenses – carefully planned offence – victim shot at home office

TAN

(38)

 

 

 

Co-offenders:

SATORRE [2005]

AB [2005]

[2007] NSWSC 684

Price J

 

[2010] NSWCCA 207

VG

Life

ADPriors – no violence – drug offence – breached bonds

Acid attack

Joint criminal enterprise to inflict GBH

Arranged and paid $10,000 for attack on male victim – intended to flush from hiding victim's brother in law who owed over $500,000 – hydrochloric acid poured over victim's face – wife and victim threatened with gun, victim's skull fractured by blow to head with gun - died three weeks later - intended to cause grievous bodily harm only – one of principals

Indonesian – prospects of rehabilitation

BURNES

(22)

[2007] NSWSC 298

Fullerton J

PG

(50% combined)

18y

NPP 13y 6m

 Priors – no violence

Shooting

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Shot male at point blank range at request of co-offender – argument between co-offender and deceased over drug business – received $4,000 reward

Early drug abuse – mental illness of marginal mitigation – genuine remorse – assistance

McCALL

(32)

[2007] NSWSC 1269

Barr J

 

[2010] NSWCCA 174

VG

29y 4m

NPP 22y

ADPriors

Assault

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Victim lured to car park and kidnapped – with co-offender took victim to cliff area – became angry and pushed victim over cliff – carefully planned kidnapping for financial reward – no clear explanation for killing

GRUPE

(26)

[2007] NSWSC 1303

Berman AJ

PG

(35% combined)

19y 6m

NPP 14y 6m

 Priors for violence

Shooting

Joint criminal enterprise / felony murder

Carefully planned attempt to kidnap Victim on behalf of third person while heavily armed – Offender deliberately shot at fleeing V 6 times – Co-offender caught V and shot 15 times – motivated by greed and financial reward – co-offender subsequently killed by offender in self defence

Lesser offender – remorse - assistance

DONAI

(33)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-offender:
WEIGHTMAN [2005]

[2008] NSWSC 502

Fullerton J

 

[2011] NSWCCA 173

 

[2012] NSWSC 1102

Hidden J

 

[2016] NSWCCA 212

VG

2 x Murder

40y

NPP 30y

(each)

 

Total

43y

NPP 33y

Conviction AA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conviction AD

Minor – but did admit in undercover operation to undetected criminal misconduct

Asphyxiation

Intent to kill

(2000) Contract killing with victims' adopted son – son sedated parents with drugs in tea – offender entered house and suffocated both victims within short space of time – bodies placed in car and pushed off embankment to suggest car accident – principal offender – promised $17,000 - amateurish and unprofessional killing – not satisfied as to future dangerousness

Evidence of schizophrenia / mental illness

Sentence of life imposed after first trial

CHRISTIANSEN

(42)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-offender:

TRAN [2011]

[2011] NSWSC 840

Latham J

PG

(30%)

Murder

 

PG

(45%)

Poss shortened firearm

 

Supply lge comm qty

 

Supply comm qty

 

Sched:

21 offences

21y

NPP 15y 3m

 

 

 

 

FT 1y 8m

 

 

6y 7m

NPP 5y

 

4y 5m

NPP 2y 2m

 

Total:

22y 3m

NPP 16y 6m

 Nil relevant

Shooting

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Shot dead male during discussion over drug debt – attended house to provide protection for drug dealer aware may be required to kill victim – made preparations for storage of body – disposed of body at sea – stored 2985g methylamphetamines in storage unit – also in possession of numerous guns and 327.58g of cocaine – murder in upper range of severity

Remorse - assistance

RYAN

(51)

 

COULTER

(72)

 

Co-Offender: BROOKS [2012]

[2011] NSWSC 1249

Latham J

 

[2013] NSWCCA 175

VG

36y

NPP 27y

 

27y

NPP 18y

AD

 

 

AD

Nil

 

 

Nil

Shooting

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Female offenders (daughter and mother) - R paid $30,000 to have husband shot dead by hit man - $10,000 knowingly provided by C (R's mother) – angered by breakdown in marriage and financial loss – close to worst category –C genuinely believed R had been physically assaulted by victim

BROOKS

(48)

 

 

Co-offenders:

RYAN [2011]

COUTER [2011]

[2012] NSWSC 505

Fullerton J

VG

38y

NPP 28y 6m

 MinorShooting

SNPP 20 years

Contract killing – paid $15,000 to kill husband of co-offender – shot victim in back at victim's farm at night – close but not worst category – not sophisticated – minimal planning - parity

Drug use – psychiatric problems

SAFETLI

(46)

 

 

 

 

 

Co-offender:

GATTELLARI

[2013] NSWSC 1096

Latham J

PG

(60% plea and assist)

 

Intimidation

9y

NPP 6y 6m

 

 

6m

 

Total:

9y 6m

NPP 7y

 nilShooting

SNPP 20 years

Organised and present at shooting of male businessman in front yard of home in presence of 9y son – killing ordered and paid for by business associate of victim – after several months delay recruited and assisted 19y shooter – paid $300,000 – several months later arranged for victim's wife to be threatened about payment of debts – active and direct role

Significant assistance

GATTELLARI

(63)

 

 

 

 

Co-offender:

SAFETLI

[2013] NSWSC 1097

Lytham J

PG

(60% plea and assist)

 

10y

NPP 7y 6m

 nilShooting

SNPP 20 years

Asked by close business associate to organise killing of male businessman – over many months recruited and made arrangements with S for killing – victim shot dead in front yard of home in presence of 9y son – played primary role but no evidence received financial benefit – acted out of misguided loyalty

Significant assistance – prior good character

McARTHUR

(39)

[2014] NSWSC 1401

Harrison J

PG

(10%)

25y 2m

NPP 18y 10m

  

Stabbing

Intent GBH

SNPP 25 years

Stabbed 15y male outside industrial premises – mistook victim for his father – offender made an offer by a 'mate' to 'rough up' and assault person who owed money – would be paid in drugs  – had never seen victim or his father before – stabbed victim to chest – planned offence – armed with weapon - above mid-range.

Drug user

Co-Accused Robertson sentenced for manslaughter

SPICER

 

Co-offenders:

PROUD [2017]

RAWLINSON [2014]

EVANS [2014]

[2015] NSWSC 519

Harrison J

VG

32y

NPP 24y

 AOABH

Arson

Joint criminal enterprise

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

S and E set fire to victim's home throwing petrol while victim asleep – part of plan by co-offenders R and E to kill victim – S recruited – with E set fire to V's home alight causing V's death - considerable planning.

Dysfunctional upbringing.

ROGERSON

(75)

 

 

 

 

MCNAMARA

(57)

 

[2016] NSWSC 1207

Bellew J

VG

Murder

 

Supply lge comm qty ice

 

VG

Murder

 

Supply lge comm qty ice

Life

 

 

12y

NPP 9y

 

Life

 

 

12y

NPP 9y

 

Dishonesty offences

 

 

 

 

Nil

Shooting

Intent to kill

Joint criminal enterprise

SNPP 20 years

Joint criminal enterprise to kill 20y male drug dealer and take 2.78kg ice – extensive planning weeks prior to shooting – arrangements made to source and prepare suitable place for killing as well as car and boat used for disposal of body – victim lured to storage unit and shot dead by one offender – body dumped at sea – drugs repackaged for disposal – brutal execution – aggravating factors: use of weapon / in company / financial gain – no material distinction in roles – no different to contract killing

Both offenders former police officers – importance of sentence to deter police officers misusing knowledge gained through profession – objective gravity so grave ignore small number of mitigating factors

HAILE

(29)

[2016] NSWSC 1732

RS Hulme AJ

VG

32y

NPP 24y

 Possess unauthorised pistol and ammunition - possess of goods suspected stolen, supply drug – breached bond.Shooting

SNPP 20 years

Shot victim in back at night in car park – planned offence - joint criminal enterprise with co-offender who had previously been in relationship with victim – motive not clear and unusual - may have been $4,000 payment by co-offender to kill victim.

Refugee from Ethiopia – drug abuse - psychiatric disorder – earned high income as drug dealer.

KOLOAMATANGI

(35 at offence)

 

 

POPOVIC

[2017] NSWSC 1631

N.Adams J

VG

 

 

 

VG

Life

 

 

 

34y

NPP 26y

 

Lengthy – includes violence – breached parole

 

Lengthy record including firearms offence – breached parole for4 manslaughter shooting

Shooting

Intent to kill

NPP 20 years

P directed and paid for killing of 28y male victim – dispute over money – K waited for victim to leave nightclub – shot twice outside club – pursued inside club and shot once in head – cold blooded contract killing – brazenly committed in public with no regard for safety of others

K – Tongan – violent childhood – incarcerated most of adult life – low intelligence – substance abuse

P - dysfunctional childhood

MEDICH (No. 43)

(70)

[2018] NSWSC 886

Bellew J

VG

Murder

 

Intimidation

36y

NPP 27y

 

4y 6m

 

Total:

39y

NPP 30y

 NilShot

NPP 20 years

Directed contract killing of former business associate – victim shot by hired contract killers outside home in front of young son – offender later arranged intimidation of victim's wife with threats she would be harmed if she did not repay debts – history of disputes between offender and victim – paid for killing and intimidation – offences arose out of one joint criminal enterprise - at upper end of range of objective seriousness

Last Updated: 25/6/2018

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