This table is intended to be used as a guide only. Individual cases should be read if they are to be relied upon.
Standard non-parole period (offences on or after
1.2.2003): 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:
Other cases: 20 years
Enderby J 6.5.1991
(day 7 of trial)
intent to kill
Strangled wife - degree of provocation.
Intellectually handicapped - gave evidence for Crown.
Mathews J 23.3.1992
MT 12y 6m
AT 5y 6m
Studdert J 15.4.1992
B-Parker J 17.6.1992
Wood J 11.9.1992
Abadee J 18.9.1992
1 x murder 2 x mansl 7 x culp drive (GBH) 8 x AOABH
2 x murder
Newman J 16.10.1992
Loveday J 2.12.1992
NSW CCA 4.11.1994
Brutal stabbing of estranged wife.
Psychiatric history. Diminished responsibility rejected.
Finlay J 15.4.1993
Allen J 21.5.1993
James J 19.7.1993
NSW CCA 20.9.1995
6 x Murder Attempt murder
Hunt CJ at CL 25.3.1994
smashed wine bottle over head
2 x Murder
MT 11y 6m
intent GBH or kill
MT 13y 6m
AT 4y 6m
AT 4y 3m
Wife drowning. Substantial insurance policy. No contrition.
At first trial sentenced to life imprisonment but conviction quashed on appeal.
Attack resulted from "passion arising from relationship".
Assault / strangulation
 NSWCCA 96
 HCA 4
4 x Murder
2 x mal wound
NSW CCA 
Argued with estranged wife - she threatened to injure daughter. Obtained knife and iron bar from home and returned to kill wife. Dropped child at brother's house and went to police. Moved by 'anger and frustration' not 'revenge and hatred'.
Good rehabilitation prospects.
 NSWSC 61
Greg James J
intent kill or GBH
 NSWSC 510
Shot de facto during argument. Relationship strained and V had returned from sexual liaison with another man. Taunts as to sexual prowess.
Genuine remorse, threatened in gaol, attempted suicide, good prospects of rehabilitation.
 NSWSC 659
 NSWCCA 138
Mal wound w/i GBH
Stabbed wife in presence of stepdaughter (probably over access to children). Also wounded stepdaughter.
 NSWSC 1108
 NSWSC 1153
 NSWCCA 55
offence breached AVO
Korean - stabbed wife during argument over immigration papers. Cut step daughter's throat. Culmination of arguments.
 NSWCCA 448
 NSWSC 696
 NSWCCA 123
Convicted of killing or arranging killing of girlfriend after she indicated intention to break off relationship. Decomposed body found several days after disappearance. Violent relationship.
Good prospects of rehabilitation. Retrial
 NSWCCA 203
 NSWCCA 142
3 x Murder
NPP 19y 6m
Suffocated wife and two infant children and dumped bodies in bushland. Highly charged emotional state at time of killing.
Some remorse; admissions shortened trial; protective custody
 NSWSC 977
G. James J
 NSWCCA 273
Stabbed de facto in paroxysm of frustration and rage. Turbulent and violent relationship. Angered by V's refusal to give up drugs and prostitution.
Egocentric with little contrition for consequences of act; hope for rehabilitation; good worker
 NSWSC 1059
Stabbed 30y girlfriend three times at her home - not premeditated - no apparent motive - no history of violence in relationship - not pre-armed - severe attack.
Previous manslaughter of female a significant aggravating circumstance.
 NSWSC 35
NPP 15y 6m
suffocation and assault
Killed de facto and sons aged 4 years and 18 months old. Passive man who endured months of aggression and abuse at hands of dominant de facto wife. Reacted to de facto's ultimatum that he kill de facto's friend by certain date.
Genuine remorse - 10-15% discount for guilty plea - strict protection
 NSWSC 332
Shot former de facto in head while she was on ground. Angered V refused to reconcile. Shortened rifle. Pre-meditation.
Culpability reduced by personality disorders and depressive illness.
 NSWSC 580
 NSWCCA 360
1 x Wound w/i to murder
Stabbed wife and three year old daughter to death and attempted to stab baby to death - believed he was suffering from AIDS and had infected family.
Protective custody because worked in juvenile justice system. – Retrial after successful conviction appeal.
 NSWSC 642
at least intent to cause gbh
Bashed female to death during argument about her relationship with another man. Smashed her head against tiled verandah, and stomped on her head several times.
Aboriginal male - mild developmental disability, head injuries and alcohol induced brain damage - intoxicated at time of offence - sad and deprived background - remorse.
Shot estranged wife outside child care centre.
Obsessional, discursive, narcissistic and suspicious personality traits - in marked distress at time of killing.
 NSWSC 1007
NPP 13y 6m
assault and stabbing
Visited estranged de facto wife - assaulted her with wooden tool handle and hammer and stabbed her twice in chest.
Some history of mental disorder - profoundly affected by death
 NSWSC 1036
 NSWCCA 125
NPP 16y 6m
Beat de facto wife to death using piece of wood - extensive injuries inflicted - history of repeated violence against V - loss of self control
Genuine remorse - born in Cook Islands -
 NSWSC 1041
 NSWCCA 395
Stabbed wife with kitchen knife - frenzy occasioned by anger - history of violence within relationship.
Some cognitive defects - Croatian - estranged from family
 NSWSC 1163
(2002) 133 A Crim R 90
intent to do gbh
 NSWSC 56
Bashed and strangled estranged wife to death when she ended relationship. Buried in shallow grave.
Serious and long term drug addiction
 NSWSC 66
 NSWCCA 301
Chased girlfriend through caravan park and stabbed her many times - Volatile relationship due to alcohol - Some degree of forethought - Some degree of loss of control through drugs and alcohol
Aboriginal - Health problems including significant hearing loss- Age - Remorse - Borderline intellectual impairment
 NSWSC 84
 NSWCCA 276
Serving jail sentence for murder of girlfriend in 1990 when 18 years of age. Escaped from prison to be with a new girlfriend. Found her with another male. Stabbed her in presence of her children.
Had been model prisoner.
 NSWSC 577
Assaulted ex de facto wife - Motivated by jealousy - Previously made threats to kill - Offence committed within 24h of being released after serving sentence for assaults on victim.
Aboriginal with deprived childhood resulting in early alcohol abuse - Feared retribution in custody - Some prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1154
 NSWCCA 24
During argument with estranged wife stabbed her in chest 7 times - Attempted to clean up scene
Uncharacteristic behaviour - Some degree of provocation and loss of self control - Unpremeditated
 NSWSC 1257
(2004) 151 A Crim R 426
 NSWCCA 463
intent to cause GBH
Stabbed de facto wife during argument - Disposed of body in country - Volatile and violent relationship - Element of provocation
Protective custody - Health problems - Disturbed and violent childhood - Personality disorder making him dangerous in domestic situations involving extreme stress
Shot wife after she ended relationship - Multiple shots - Depressed at time of offence - Emotional situation - Degree of planning
Offence one of isolated aberration - Unlikely to re-offend.
CAA agreed with remarks of SJ that the aggravating features were the degree of planning, the brutal shooting of a defenceless woman in her own home, and the determination of the prisoner to ensure the death of the victim by multiple gunshot wounds, including one to each temple region
 NSWSC 84
Assaulted de facto in savage beating - Accused her of sexual infidelity - Use of blunt instrument - Extreme sexual violence - Also assaulted male with tree branch
History of domestic violence - Some remorse
 NSWSC 517
 NSWCCA 285
Stabbed estranged de facto 23 times – Subsequently kicked body – Spontaneous – Intoxicated – Upper end of culpability
Prior good character – Good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1029
Intent to kill
Stabbed wife 27 times in chest with kitchen knife – No premeditation – Deteriorating relationship with violence on both sides
Received serious head injury from assault by wife on earlier occasion – provocation accepted as mitigating feature but given little weight.
 NSWSC 779
 NSWSC 1080
Intent to cause GBH
Assaulted wife asleep in bed with club lock – Sustained and frenzied attack – Relationship broken down – Child sleeping in bedroom with wife
 NSWSC 194
Unpremeditated assault on wife with heavy doorstop – Probable outburst of violence or anger during argument
Out of character – Father to 3 children
 NSWSC 757
NPP 21y 6m
Shot estranged wife and new partner – element of planning
Highly disturbed state resulting from separation – Attempted suicide
 NSWSC 730
Killed 15y girlfriend by strangling her with shoelaces – Relationship marked by violence towards V
Aboriginal – Physically abused and dislocated throughout childhood – Alcohol and drug addiction – Good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 747
Knife across throat
Carefully planned murder of recently estranged wife
Depressed – may have been sexually assaulted as child – precluded from contact with son – subsequent assaults on family members
 NSWSC 981
(2005) 154 A Crim R 69
 NSWCCA 155
Shot wife and brother in law in house while preparing for bed – no premeditation – no real explanation for shooting – good relationship with both victims
 NSWSC 1030
Killed young wife during argument by assaulting her with shoe and asphyxiating with cloth over mouth – Unhappy and dysfunctional marriage – Element of provocation – Spontaneous
Croatian – Remorse – Prior good conduct – Remorse
 NSWSC 1120
 NSWCCA 82
49 injuries, inc 10 stab wounds
Killed 15y girl with whom he was having casual relationship – horrific wounds – violent sexual proclivities – disposed of body in nearby garbage bin – deliberately attempted to divert suspicion
Victim of abuse by stepfathers – drug and alcohol problems – dyslexia/ADHD – remorse – youth – 20% discount for plea – but for youth and plea, life sentence would have been imposed – limited protective custody
 NSWSC 1194
 NSWCCA 149
(NB acquitted of murdering second wife)
Intent to do GBH
Probably strangled wife - Body found in backyard - Obsessed and jealous towards wife - Made threats and violent - Angered by wife's attempt to leave – Lied about wife leaving him
Third trial – application of Gilmore principle
 NSWSC 111
(2002) 127 A Crim R 198 (NSWCCA)
 NSWSC 140
K (2003) 144 A Crim R 468 (NSWCCA)
 NSWSC 271
(during trial - modest discount)
Sched: 2 x Breach DVO
Brutal assault on ex-de facto wife – History of assault and rape of victim
Victim suffered mental problems
 NSWSC 230
Premeditated attack on ex-de facto in home – hit with hammer and stabbed in neck – sustained attack – cleaned up and concealed body – motive unclear
Evidence of tendency towards violence – no remorse
(2006) 166 A Crim R 383
 NSWCCA 351
2 x Agg Indecent Ass
NPP 18y 9m
NPP 20y 9m
NPP 18y 5m
NPP 19y 9m
Became angry with girlfriend and assaulted and strangled her – sexually assaulted corpse – defiled body with sexual toys and faeces – indecently assaulted victims 7y daughter – voluntary confession to police – impulsive offences
 NSWSC 188
 NSWCCA 76
 NSWCCA 98
NPP 17y 6m
Intent to do gbh
Offence committed after 1.2.2003
Strangled girlfriend during argument – prior threats – not premeditated
 NSWSC 332
 NSWCCA 108
Strangled ex-girlfriend – hid body in cricket bag – premeditated – brutal and cruel killing
Suffering mental disorder affecting imprisonment
CCA appeal – Muldrock error
 NSWSC 719
(2008) 189 A Crim R 219
 NSWCCA 104
Attacked wife with bottle – asphyxiated – history of violence – middle range offence
 NSWSC 799
 NSWCCA 245
Assaulted wife with iron and hammer during argument – Death caused by blood loss – Intoxicated – Unpremeditated – below mid range
Genuine remorse – Good character – Good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 897
 NSWCCA 63
Shot female lover in back of head - premeditated but motive unclear – concealed body in bush
Former prison officer and police officer – brain damage resulting from assault in gaol.
 NSWSC 1179
 NSWCCA 168
Strangled ex-girlfriend during struggle in victim's home– angered at break up – mid-range
Remorse – protective custody – reasonable prospects of rehabilitation
Shot wife in back of head during argument over custody of children – provocative comments made by wife - provocation defence rejected by jury.
Depressive illness – good character
 NSWSC 218
3 Firearms offences
Strangled estranged wife during argument – drowned in pool – spontaneous offence – below mid-range
 NSWSC 460
Stabbed estranged de facto wife over 11 times at home unit – went to unit intending violence – history of violent abuse – breach of bail and AVO prohibiting approach to victim – pre-meditated offence
 NSWSC 1392
Stabbed de facto partner in neck – heavily intoxicated – element of pre-mediation after earlier argument – prevented calling of ambulance – slightly below mid-range
Aboriginal – suffers epilepsy – long history of alcohol abuse
 NSWSC 1418
 NSWCCA 38
Killed de facto wife after she planned to leave relationship with four children – disposed of body – method of killing and location of body unknown
 NSWSC 170
Threaten w/I to do GBH
Agg BE W/I
Left home early morning armed with hammer and knife – broke into home of ex-partner – stabbed Victim in house – pursued V across and road and continued stabbing – threatened female attempting to assist V – well above mid-range – offence committed in presence of children – planned offence
Difficult childhood – long history of alcohol abuse - remorse
 NSWSC 109
Violent and sustained attack on de facto partner – angered at perceived relationship with ex-boyfriend – intoxicated – unpremeditated
Samoan origin – drug abuser – genuine remorse
 NSWSC 319
Planned killing of pregnant wife – took complainant and young daughter to bushland and shot wife in back – left body in bush – reported wife missing to police – feared wife planning to leave with child
 NSWSC 877
Stabbed female partner with scissors during argument in hotel room – Turbulent relationship – Victim attempting to leave relationship – element of provocation – suffering depression and personality disorder – lower half of mid-range of seriousness
Offered to plead guilty to manslaughter – abusive childhood
 NSWSC 1297
Shot wife twice as she descended from roof by ladder – spontaneous offence – element of provocation and loss of self control – history of arguments and disagreements in marriage – buried body – just below mid range
Remorse – prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 164
Intent to inflict GBH
Severe assault of girlfriend staying at offender's house – no premeditation – both offender and V drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis – breached bond and AVO - a little below mid range
Both aboriginal – difficult and abusive childhood – commenced drinking at 9y – smoking cannabis at 12y – alcoholic
 NSWSC 275
RA Hulme J
(2010) 205 A Crim R 157
 NSWCCA 272
 NSWCCA 139
NPP 20y 3m
Multiple stab wounds of ex-girlfriend in her home unit – prior stalking and obsessive behaviour – slightly above mid-range
 NSWSC 432
NPP 4y 6m
Killed pregnant lover to prevent complications to marriage –circumstances of killing unclear – body never found – took phone and made phone calls to leave false trail – set fire to house and went to neighbour tied up blaming victim – supplied multiple false accounts to police blaming others and suggesting burial places – murder above mid range – arson towards top of range
No contrition or remorse – aboriginal liaison officer with police force – onerous custodial conditions
 NSWSC 764
(25% for murder of wife JW)
Assault, stabbing and drowning
Grandfather hit wife with hammer and stabbed her to death – drowned 5y granddaughter in bath – assaulted 7y grandson with hammer then drowned in bath – bodies placed in bed – killed dog – children in care of grandparents while mother at work – lied to school about children being ill – assaulted daughter with axe when she returned to house – brain and skull injuries – planning and premeditation – no explanation for killings – murder of children worst case – murder of wife mid-range – assault on daughter well above mid range
No mental illness
 NSWSC 814
Murder of wife
Murder of Stepdaughter
Strangled wife during argument – verbal threats and physical assaults made previously – killing observed by 9y stepdaughter - killed step daughter to prevent her reporting killing to police – method of killing unclear – threw bodies over cliff in Blue Mountains – discovered by bushwalkers 4 weeks later – lied to police – had son assist in deception - killed wife for financial reasons
No evidence of remorse or rehabilitation
(33 at offence – 43 at sentence)
 NSWSC 808
1999 offence - Strangled former partner in her home –volatile relationship – strangled victim during an argument – suffering dissociative episode at time of killing – visions of violent father and person who molested him as a child – not fully aware of acts - spontaneous offence - hid body in chest and lied to children – took body and children to mother's house and hid body in shed – lied about disappearance of victim – confessed to police 9 years later – offence below mid-range
Prior good character – difficult custodial conditions
 NSWSC 1077
Use off weapon to prevent lawful appreh
NPP 17y 3m
(other sentences concurrent)
Staying with ex-partner – followed victim into grandparents' house and stabbed her in stomach – lifted her head and slit side of neck with knife although wound not life threatening – pushed over grandmother and threatened grandfather – history of domestic violence – standoff with police over three hours threatening them with knives – attempted suicide by calling on police to shoot him – slightly below mid-range
Intoxicated and suffering depression – brain injury made him more susceptible to effects of alcohol
 NSWSC 1171
Murder: 20y 3m
During argument with caretaker of boarding house pushed V down stairs – unlawful and dangerous act – spontaneous offence – low range – fit of anger
Three years later stabbed partner – broke into house after she asked him to move out – threatening to call the police - 16 stab wounds – stabbed himself in stomach – upper end of mid range
Some mental impairment
 NSWSC 1382
R A Hulme J
Assaulted female lover with a hammer multiple times to head in remote location – circumstances and motive for killing unclear – buried victim in shallow grave – lower end of mid-range
 NSWSC 64
Choked / Strangled
Strangled de facto wife at her residence – drove body 8km to his residence – placed body in bed covered with ice, flowers and favourite food – intoxicated – no clear motive for offence – spontaneous offence – no history of domestic violence – slightly below mid-range
Prior good character – contrition – suffers psychosis – good prospects of rehabilitation – Chinese national with little English
 NSWSC 754
SNPP 20 years
Stabbed partner with single blow during argument – heavily intoxicated - history of some violence in relationship.
Substantial intellectual deficit – alcohol abuse.
Below mid range – no intent to kill.
 NSWSC 849
Strangled wife when she threatened to leave him with child –jury rejected substantial impairment defence – attempted to strangle and threatened victim with knife four months earlier – marginally below mid-range
Suffering depression – born in Malaysia – difficulties adapting to Australia – absence of remorse
 NSWSC 983
NPP 14y 6m
Strangled estranged de facto wife during argument and left her body hidden in unit – body undiscovered for four weeks – spontaneous offence – slightly below mid-range
Some prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 995
 NSWCCA 175
Pushed off cliff
Pushed wife off cliff while camping in national park – motivated by financial gain – lied and deceived victim in order to obtain large amounts of money – planed killing over several months – well above mid-range
 NSWSC 583
 NSWCCA 172
NPP 16y 3m 23d
Assault and asphyxiation
Became angry with ex-girlfriend while talking late at night – motive for killing not established - strangled victim, struck her with a shovel and buried her near lagoon – spontaneous offence – just above mid-range
Assistance in relation to offence – remorse – good prospects of rehabilitation – long term alcohol and cannabis user – offence out of character
 NSWSC 1262
Assaulted wife with iron bar – covertly entered house and struck wife from behind – sustained assault – angered by recent separation due to offender's extra martial affair – above middle range
Good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1460
Smothered wife during argument – evidence of struggle – no premeditation – no provocation
No history of domestic violence – suffering depression as a result of health issues - remorse
 NSWSC 1690
 NSWCCA 132
Bashed wife to death in bedroom with plumber's tool – angered by indication from victim she accepted daughter's allegation of long term sexual abuse at hands of offender – argued over prior weekend
Good character – no history of violence – pleaded guilty to manslaughter (provocation)
 NSWSC 229
RS Hulme J
During argument punched girlfriend in face and attacked her with knife – en route to hospital to treat hand wounds stabbed girlfriend multiple times – concealed body in shed – subsequent self inflicted injuries – capacity to control self and understand events substantially impaired
Long term sufferer of depression – offered to plead to manslaughter
 NSWSC 521
 NSWCCA 218
Killed girlfriend – how killed unknown – troubled relationship – prior assault – body dismembered into small parts with circular saw - body parts found 6 months later in garbage bags hidden under bush – evidence that A formed premeditation to kill – evidence that forced V to phone bank asking for new bank card so that A would have access to V's bank account after V's death.
Little remorse – little prospect rehabilitation – schizoid personality – depression – ill-health.
(37 at offence – 62 at sentence)
 NSWSC 694
Strangulation and suffocation
1987 – During argument with de facto wife strangled her with pantyhose and suffocated with pillow – spontaneous offence and out of character
On the run until voluntarily attended police station 2011 – genuine remorse – good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1240
NPP 13y 6m
Asphyxiation / strangled
Mid-range objective seriousness - Killed V (female, ex-girlfriend) following argument about money - V died due to combined effects of neck compression from belt tied around neck, gagging from sock in mouth and asphyxia due to plastic bag placed on head – planned to dispose of body but car broke down so left body to decompose in car boot– voluntary surrender to police – could not recall committing offence.
No real explanation for actions.
 NSWSC 16
 NSWCCA 238
Stabbed and punched wife (V) when she told A she wanted to leave him – gave evidence V spat at him – Macedonian background – evidence regarding "honour killing" in Macedonian culture - humiliation – provocation rejected by jury.
Prior good character – unlikely to reoffend
 NSWSC 243
Killed V who was A's ex-wife and mother of their two young children – had separated – A cruelly needled V causing upset – A then killed V following argument.
Unplanned - rehabilitation
 NSWSC 513
Poured 250ml bottle methylated spirits over female lover confined to wheelchair and set V alight with cigarette lighter – spent afternoon with V drinking wine – possibly motivated by jealousy - gratuitous cruelty in leaving house – spontaneous offence – criminality very high
Long history of alcohol abuse – acquired brain injury
 NSWSC 801
 NSWCCA 99
NPP 25y 6m
Bashed 18 year old female with whom previously in relationship – volatile and violent relationship – A took ice and drank alcohol prior to offence – vicious, unprovoked and inhumane attack – V suffered severe injuries – above mid-range objective seriousness.
Rehabilitation – remorse.
 NSWSC 895
Argument with V de facto partner - multiple injuries to head, thorax and abdomen - severe degree of force, from punching, kicking or stomping, and possibly being thrown against furniture or walls – both A and V had been drinking and smoking cannabis – violence perpetrated by both A and V throughout afternoon and evening - intention to inflict grievous bodily harm - momentary and spontaneous intention – A called emergency services.
Slightly below mid-range.
Neglectful and abusive upbringing by mother – mother murdered by her partner – often cared for by relatives – drug and alcohol abuse from young age.
 NSWSC 1128
Bashed partner with wooden baton to head – unclear as to how argument started or motive – both intoxicated.
Out of character – highly regarded by adult daughters and friends - good employment history – alcohol abuse – good rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1324
NPP 12y 9m
Intent cause GBH
Stabbed female partner during argument – some history of domestic violence and frequent arguments – both A and V had been taking drugs – not planned offence
Difficult childhood – borderline cognitive abilities
 NSWSC 1339
NPP 15y 9m
Stabbed V, former female partner during argument – numerous stab wounds - ongoing argument over property settlement
Substantial impairment s 23A rejected at trial but taken into account on sentence
Slightly below mid-range – spontaneous uncontrolled offence.
Depression – obsessive compulsive personality – autism spectrum – did not like V to have contact with her family – difficult childhood
 NSWSC 1870
NPP 21y 4m
NPP 21y 10m
Physically and emotionally abused wife throughout long marriage – domineering and hypocritical husband - stabbed wife to death during argument – multiple stab wounds – stabbed son who came to defend mother – spontaneous offence – above mid-range
Suffering from morbid jealousy
 NSWSC 1940
Attacked female partner following argument – relationship marked by violence – injuries consistent with V being subject to multiple blows by A's fists – intent to inflict GBH.
Difficult upbringing – alcohol abuse - Bipolar and other mental health conditions
 NSWSC 49
 NSWCCA 182
Killed de facto partner in act of rage by throwing her unconscious over balcony of high rise unit – during argument dragged victim back into unit after attempt to leave - intent to kill formed spontaneously but with background of controlling, volatile and abusive relationship – not above mid-range
 NSWSC 413
Stabbed female partner repeatedly in presence of their three young children – history of domestic violence.
Made redundant and not able to cope with being financially dependent on partner – immediate cooperation with police
 NSWSC 443
 NSWCCA 259
Stabbed estranged girlfriend in her home unit during sustained and violent struggle – careful planning – entered unit with intent to cause harm – history of obsessive behaviour and violence towards female partners
 NSWSC 1381
NPP 14y 3m
Choked and assault
Choked and assaulted female partner – difficulties with relationship – argument –carried V away to nearby river where killing took place – V suffered skull fracture and choking injuries.
Mid-range objective seriousness Immaturity – anger management issues – supportive family – reasonable rehabilitation prospects
 NSWSC 1762
Fatal stabbing of wife – 22 stab wounds – snapped after fight with wife and she prepared to leave with baby – below mid-range
Intoxicated - Fijian
 NSWSC 31
(slightly less than 20%)
Sched: Assault (on same victim)
Had been in relationship with V (female) for 6 months - Repeated offences of domestic violence – argument - no intention to kill –no premeditation – brutal assault - immediately after offence accepted responsibility - Attempting to revive the deceased - Admitting he had killed her to several people.
Mid-range objective seriousness.
Remorse - Aboriginal background - early exposure to alcohol, drugs and violence - good prospects rehabilitation.
 NSWSC 25
NPP 16y 10m
In relationship with V (female) – due to earlier assaults on V subject to AVO and bail – attended V's home – drinking and argument - severely beat V around head and neck, strangled V - after V died, used an iron to inflict a burn injury V – attempted to conceal body.
Above mid-range objective seriousness.
 NSWSC 433
Killed female with meat cleaver in sustained and violent attack –arrived from China 24 hours previously with intention to continue relationship with victim – killed victim when she indicated end of relationship – acted in blind rage and loss of self-control – spontaneous – above mid-range
Immediate confession of guilt – deep remorse – Chinese – isolation – good prospects of rehabilitation – well educated
 NSWSC 512
Stabbing, assault and asphyxiation
Difficult, deteriorating and unequal relationship with wife – socially isolated – totally dependent upon wife – stabbed four times to head, blunt force injuries and asphyxiation – impulsive attack during argument at home – below mid-range
Vietnamese – law intelligence and possible brain damage from war - lived in America prior to marriage – custodial isolation – reasonable prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 768
NPP 22y 6m
Stabbed estranged wife – assaulted V in garage of apartment block and forced her into boot of car – purchased fishing knives drove to reserve and fatally stabbed wife in frenzied and brutal attack – resentment and frustration over relationship breakdown – above mid-range
 NSWSC 1034
Assault with intent to rob with wounding, armed robbery, AOABH, assault police officer, common assault, stalking, wound with intent GBH, AVO
Killed de facto female partner – argument – stab wounds to V's back - one wound was fatal – V's consumption of methadone and alcohol reduced V's ability to perceive any threat to safety and ability to defend herself, consistent with the absence of any defensive wounds - A had taken large amount of sedative – let V to bleed to death - could have summoned help for V.
Intent to kill – above mid-range objective seriousness.
Ongoing drug abuse associated with violent offending - repeated incarceration - mental disorders
 NSWSC 1487
NPP 20y 4m
Stabbed estranged partner several times to chest and head while she was sitting at home – vicious but spontaneous attack – cause of argument unclear – purposely obtained knife from kitchen – pursued victim's friend out of house and stabbed her in abdomen
Suffering from depression and recently estranged – intoxicated – gambling problem – genuine remorse for murder
 NSWSC 816
Killed female partner – domestic violence situation – both intoxicated – during argument offender became enraged and punched victim – sustained assault – victim found dead in hallway by offender's brother next day – midrange gravity
Aboriginal with deprived and dysfunctional childhood – full remorse – good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1747
Broke into home of estranged wife and suffocated her – limited planning – unprovoked killing – motive almost certainly to prevent victim giving evidence in sexual assault charges – mid-range
Fijian Indian – good prospects of rehabilitation
 NSWSC 1181
Stabbed estranged wife while sitting in car in shopping centre car park – 56 stab wounds with scissors – above mid-range – -previous violence and threats to kill – angry that wife had left marriage
Born in Iran – suffered persecution due to religion - small reduction in culpability due to mental condition
(60 at time of offence, 67 at sentence)
 NSWSC 1214
2010 offence - Killed female former partner caused by blunt force trauma to head - inflicted while V asleep in bed – weapon not known - offence pre-meditated and planned.
No remorse or contrition – above mid-range of objective seriousness – age – prior good character.
 NSWCCA 1699
SNPP 20 years
Previously in long term relationship with V – could not accept break up and after spending night together stabbed V with kitchen knife in neck – immediately stabbed self in attempted suicide causing quadriplegia – mid- range offence – moral culpability slightly reduced by borderline personality disorder
Hardship in custody due to physical condition – permanently in hospital
 NSWSC 1692
Assault / asphyxiation
Male killed female girlfriend in her own home – developed obsessive relationship with victim - spontaneous act during argument – attempted suicide causing health issues – trial ran on basis of substantial impairment only – mental health did affect culpability
Suffering PTSD from treatment in home country of Iran – also struggling with wife suffering from schizophrenia
 NSWSC 20
Subsequently sentenced for offensive use of postal service
Stabbed and set on fire
Female - at instigation of partner stabbed partner's ex-wife in stairwell of units 18 times – set victim alight without knowing if already dead and creating danger to other residents – carefully planned – desire to secure custody of partner's two children circumventing court order
Partner a violent extremist who subsequently died in café siege – highly unusual and influential relationship but no reduction in culpability
Attempt made to deflect police investigation showing lack of remorse – prospects of rehabilitation fair – some credit for cooperation during trial