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Murder - Natural Life         

NameDatePleaSentenceAppealRecordHow KilledInvolvement & Summary

GLOVER
(57)

NSWSC

Wood J
29.11.1990

VG

6 x murder

Rob with wounding

Robbery

Wound W/I to do GBH

Life

 

steal, indecent assault, AOABH

Assaulted

"Granny killer" - attacks on elderly women

CAMERON
(37)

NSWSC

Newman J
16.10.1992

VG

Life

 

prior murder x 2

assaulted and drowned in blood

Lured female through radio ad for relationship. Similar offence committed previously

TWALA
(30)

NSWSC

Sully J

18.3.1993

 

NSW CCA
4.11.1994

VG

Life

AA

MT 15y

AT 5y

nil

stabbed

 

intent GBH

Brutal stabbing of estranged wife.

Psychiatric history.  Diminished responsibility rejected.

GARFORTH

(29)

NSWSC

Newman J

9.7.1993

 

NSW CCA
23.5.1994

PG

Life

AD

lengthy

drowned

Abducted, sexually assaulted and drowned 9y female.

BAKER
(46)

NSWSC

Newman J

6.8.1993

 

NSW CCA
20.9.1995

PG

6 x Murder
Attempt murder

Life

AD

minor

shot

 

intent kill

Murdered 6 people after breakdown of relationship with one of victims.

TROTTER
(57)

(1993) 68 A Crim R 536

Hunt CJ at CL

NSWSC

VG

Murder

Homo intercourse

Life

Died in custody

rape, psychiatric history "dangerous"

drowned

 

intent to kill

Sexual assault of 2y boy and placed him in river.  Diminished defence rejected.

STEELE

NSWSC

Hunt CJ at CL
12.5.1994

PG

3 x Murder

Life

Crown AD

minor

Shot and pushed over cliff

 

intent to kill

3 men shot, siege followed.

S shot one man and aided and abetted killing by co-offenders.

STREET

NSWSC

Dunford J

29.6.1995

 

NSW CCA

17.12.1996

VG

2 x Murder

Life

AD

violence, sexual offences

suffocated / stabbed

Suffocated wife.  Stabbed new female partner 12 weeks later.  Second V found in suitcase by police at A's premises during search regarding death of As wife.

MILAT

NSWSC

Hunt CJ at CL

27.7.1996

 

NSW CCA

26.2.1998

VG

7 x Murder

Detain for advant

Life

Conviction AD

 

priors of violence

2 x shot

3 x stabbed

2 x strangled

 

intent kill

"Backpacker murders".  Dec 1989 - April 1992.  Savage attacks, with degree of sexual assault.

B FERNANDO

(27)

 

V FERNANDO

(26)

(1997) 95 A Crim R 522

Abadee J

NSWSC

 

[1999] NSWCCA 66

VG

Life

 

 

Life

AD

lengthy

 

 

lengthy

stabbed

 

 

intent kill

Sexual assault & killing of nurse with machete at Walgett. V surprised A as they were stealing her car. Aboriginals.

LEONARD

(24)

NSWSC

B-Parker J

10.11.1997

 

NSW CCA

7.12.1998

VG

murder

 

PG

Murder

Life

AD

 

bow & arrow

 

stabbed

 

intent kill

Shot V with bow & arrow after alleged homosexual advance. Cut up body and threw in river. Second murder of taxi driver by stabbing.

GLASBY

(41)

NSWSC

Sully J

11.6.1998

 

(2000) 115 A Crim R 465

NSWCCA

VG

Life

AD

very bad, including robbery and armed robbery with wound

shot

 

intent kill

Contracted with V's wife to do murder.

SMITH

(53)

NSWSC

Simpson J

10.9.1998

 

[2000] NSWCCA 202

VG

Life

AD

lengthy, including murder

shot

 

intent kill

Drove V to Botany Bay, shot and buried him. Took large amount of money from V. Evidence that V was threatening A corrupt relationship with police. Premeditated and planned killing.

SUCKLING

[1999] NSWCCA 36

VG

Life

AD

 

body never found

Killed prostitute and dismembered body, burying her in outback New South Wales.

ROSE

 

Co-offender: LEWIS

[1999] NSWCCA 327

PG

5 x Murder

Life

AD

Not stated

Not stated

 

Intent to kill

5 gangland / contract murders. Facts not stated.

HARRIS

(30)

(2000) 111 A Crim R 415

NSWSC

Bell J

 

(2000) 121 A Crim R 342

NSWCCA

PG

3 x murder

1 x AR

40y

NPP 25y

Crown AA

Life

not serious

strangled

 

intent kill

Strangled male suffering effects of stroke in own home. Later strangled intellectually disabled woman he befriended in her home. Finally strangled male neighbour and disposed of body in country. Second and third killings motivated by desire to kill.

LEWIS

(62)

 

 

 

Co-offender: ROSE

NSWSC

Ireland J

9.6.2000

 

[2001] NSWCCA 448

VG

2 x murder

Life

AD

nil

shooting and stabbing

Participated in joint criminal enterprise with Rose in killing of de facto and her business employee - victims killed by Rose inside business premises - premises set on fire - contract killing.

VALERA

(19)

[2000] NSWSC 1220

Studdert J

 

[2002] NSWCCA 50

VG

2 x murder

Life

AD

nil

assault / strangled

 

intent kill

Bashed to death 59y male in own home then mutilated body. Random killing. Two weeks later bashed and strangled 68y male in own home and mutilated body. Nothing to mitigate killing.

Physically and verbally abused by father throughout childhood - mother left home when offender aged 3.

KANAAN

(26)

[2001] NSWSC 959

Greg James J

 

(2005) 157 A Crim R 238

NSWCCA

VG

2 x murder

Mal wounding with intent

Life

AD

minor

shooting

 

intent to kill

Became involved in minor altercation outside hotel - stepped out of car and shot three men - no provocation - comments immediately following shooting demonstrated no remorse and continued dangerousness. Heinous nature of offence demonstrating callous and ruthless attitude to human life and level of dangerousness of offender.

No explanation in background of offender for brutal behaviour - no prospects of rehabilitation

KNIGHT

[2001] NSWSC 1011

O'Keefe J

 

(2006) 164 A Crim R 126

NSWCCA

PG

Life

AD

nil

stabbing

 

intent to kill

Pre-meditated murder of de facto husband - stabbed victim at least 37 times inside home - mutilated body - gruesome nature of offence placed it in most serious category.

History of violence - offender enjoyed horrific mutilation - suffering incurable borderline personality disorder - no prospects of rehabilitation - continuing dangerousness to society.

NGO

(43)

(2001) 125 A Crim R 495

Dunford J

NSWSC

 

(2003) 57 NSWLR 55

NSWCCA

 

[2013] NSWCCA 142

VG

Life

Conviction AD

 

 

 

 

 

Sentence AD

nil

shooting

Arranged for the shooting murder 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

MILES

(27)

[2002] NSWSC 84

Hidden J

 

[2002] NSWCCA 276

PG

25y

NPP 19y

Crown AA

Life

murder

stabbing

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.

KANAAN

(23)

[2002] NSWSC 774

Wood CJ at CL

 

 

[2006] NSWCCA 109

VG

Life

Leave to appeal refused

Serving life sentence for 2 murders - breached bond

shooting

 

intent to kill

Killing of notorious and vicious principal in extensive criminal organisation involved in drugs and protection by associates – Motive was to improve offender's own criminal activities - Use of firearms an aggravating circumstance

Principal - Hardened criminal

FYFFE

(33)

 

 

 

Co-offender

HORE

[2002] NSWSC 751

Barr J

 

[2005] NSWCCA 3

VG

Life

AD

lengthy record

assault with block

Carefully planed execution of fellow prisoner in prison - Sandstone block dropped on head of victim several times- Extensive and horrendous injuries - 3 offenders involved although cannot identify precise role of each - No evidence as to motive

Deprived and cruel childhood

HORE

(34)

 

 

 

Co-offender

FYFFE

[2002] NSWSC 749

Barr J

 

[2005] NSWCCA 3

VG

Life

AD

murder - poor prison record - continued violence

assault with block

Carefully planed execution of fellow prisoner in prison - Sandstone block dropped on head of victim several times- Extensive and horrendous injuries - 3 offenders involved although cannot identify precise role of each - No evidence as to motive

Anti-social personality traits

MERRITT
(30)

[2002] NSWSC 1159

Greg James J

 

(2004) 146 A Crim R 309

NSWCCA

PG

3 x Murder

Life

AA

34y

NPP 27y

minor

suffocation

 

intent to kill

Father killed his 3 children aged 11w, 11m and 6y on custody visit - No explanation for killing - Incomprehensible action - no evidence of mental disorder

Insufficient weight given to A's depressive state – Sentence patterns show life not imposed in cases of parents murdering children.

SIEVERS

(58)

[2002] NSWSC 1257

Sully J

 

(2004) 151 A Crim R 426

NSWCCA

VG

Life

AD

serious record for violence - shooting murder of estranged wife

stabbing

 

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

GONZALES

(20)

[2004] NSWSC 822

James J

 

(2007) 178 A Crim R 232

NSWCCA

VG

3 x Murder

Life

AD

Nil

Stabbing - striking and strangling one victim

 

Intent to kill

Stabbed father, mother and 18y sister in their home - made it look like racially motivated attack – premeditated – tried to poison mother 10 days before murder

False alibi – no mitigation of objective seriousness of offence – no contrition – risk of dangerousness

ASLETT

(33)

[2004] NSWSC 1228

Wood CJ at CL

 

[2006] NSWCCA 360

PG

Murder

2 x s.61JA

8 x s.97(2)

2 x s.97(1)

Sp agg kidnapping

Agg car jacking

Att obtain $ by deception

3 x LMV

 

Sched:

9 similar offences

Murder:

Life

 

Other Offences:

36y

NPP 28y

(partially cumulative to existing sentence)

AA

Murder:

28y

NPP 22y

 

Total:

42y

NPP 36y

Lengthy and disturbing – almost continuous custody since 11 years old – recently sentenced to 40y NPP 30y for brutal home invasion and sexual assault on 16y female occupant

Gunshot

 

Felony murder

Murder involved attempt robbery of male proprietor of pharmacy – struggled with victim in car, took out loaded gun to threaten and gun discharged

Other offences committed over 3 months – stole care with female occupant using knife and gun – sexually assaulted complainant twice – robberies of various retail premises using guns and knives – co-offenders

Drug abuse – some remorse - finding of dangerousness – psychological profile suggests no hope of rehabilitation.

On appeal found SJ erroneously used other offences to justify life sentence.

COULTER

(41)

[2005] NSWSC 101

G. James J

PG

Life

 

Nil

Smothered

 

intent to kill

Killed 11y daughter of cousin – Planned to kill so would be forced to commit suicide – Smothered V in own home – Took body to bushland and grossly mutilated body before genuine attempt at suicide – carefully planned

Suffering severe depression, pervasive and intrusive violent thoughts and obsessive compulsive disorder - dangerousness

VILLA

(36)

[2005] NSWCCA 4

VG

2 x Murder

3 x Att murder

Life

AD

Minor

Shooting / Stabbing / Strangulation

 

Intent to kill

Entered home of victims to collect debt – Tied up adults – shot male victim – shot, stabbed and strangled female victim – Shot child in head twice – Set fire to house to kill three children – attempt to avoid detection – Overall culpability justifies life sentence

ADANGUIDI

[2005] NSWSC 519

Barr J

 

(2006) 167 A Crim R 295

NSWCCA

VG

3 x Murder

Life

AD

Dishonesty offence

Shooting / Assault

 

Intent to kill

Offence committed on 1.2.2003

Threatened and detained male friend over several hours with intent to rob – Subsequently shot dead friend's son and daughter - tortured and bashed to death friend's wife - careful planning

Some degree of mental illness although not mitigating criminality

HILLSLEY

(53)

[2005] NSWSC 652

Hidden J

 

(2006) 164 A Crim R 252

NSWCCA

PG

(25%)

Murder

4 x Agg sexual ass

Kidnapping

Murder:

16y

NPP 12y

 

Total:

30y

NPP 25y

Crown AA

Life

Paedophile offences

Hammer

 

Intent to inflict GBH

Offences committed after 1.2.2003

Broke into house of male acquaintance and killed sleeping V – Earlier argument over money - Sexually abused V's 10y step-daughter 3 times (oral/vaginal/anal) and abducted her 'as payback' – Sexually abused her a few days earlier

'Unfortunate upbringing' – irresistible impulses for young girls – risk to community –gambling problem – escaped from custody though at large for only one day

BURRELL

(44)

[2006] NSWSC 581

Barr J

 

[2007] NSWCCA 65

 

(2009) 196 A Crim R 199

NSWCCA

VG

Murder

Detain for advantage

Life

AD

Moderate record

Unknown

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

 

 

High Court Appeal: [2008] 238 CLR 218 successful (CCA wrongfully reopened appeal after orders formally recorded)

Remitted to CCA

Subsequent AD

DARWICHE

(26/28)

 

 

 

 

 

EL-ZEYAT

(23)

 

AOUAD

(22)

 

 

OSMAN

(25)

[2006] NSWSC 1167

Bell J

 

[2011] NSWCCA 62

VG

Mal discharge firearm W/I

Shoot W/I to murder

2 x Murder

 

2 x Murder

 

 

2 x Murder

 

 

 

2 x Murder

2 x Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 x Life

 

 

2 x Life

 

 

 

30y

NPP 25y

AD

 

 

 

 

 

 

AD

 

 

AD

 

 

 

AD

Relatively minor – breached bond

 

 

 

 

Relatively minor

 

 Relatively minor – Breached bond

 

 Relatively minor

Shooting

 

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Ongoing dispute between two families originally over drug business – ongoing violence

June 2001 – D entered bedroom with co-offender - fired five shots at male – intent to kneecap not kill – serious injuries

July 2003 – D and co-offender fired 55 round from SKS semi-automatic rifles at house after luring out occupants – no one injured

Aug 2003 – D, E and A fired at second house using SKS rifles and pistols – O driver – sleeping female and male killed

 

El-Zeyat and Aouad

Sentenced for third murder – conviction appeal allowed [2011] NSWCCA 61 – new trial not proceed with

JOHNSON

(53)

[2007] NSWSC 274

Whealy J

 

[2010] NSWCCA 86

VG

2 x Murder

Dishonesty offences

Life

Conviction AD

Minor traffic

Strangulation

 

Intent to kill

Offence committed after 1.2.2003

Tied up and strangled retired couple in their own home – trusted handyman – Stole money from bank accounts – financial difficulties – well planned offence

TAN

(38)

[2007] NSWSC 684

Price J

 

[2010] NSWCCA 207

VG

Life

AD (in relation to murder sentence)

Priors – no violence – drug offence – breached bonds

Hydrochloric acid

 

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 the principals

Indonesian – prospects of rehabilitation

WALSH

(69)

[2009] NSWSC 764

McCallum J

PG

3 x Murder

Att murder

2 x Murder

Life

Att Murder

16y

NPP 12y

Murder

20y

NPP 15y

 

Nil

Assault, stabbing and drowning

 

Intent to kill

SNPP 25 years applied

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

MEHTA

(42)

[2009] NSWSC 814

Grove J

PG

2 x Murder

Murder of wife

30y

 

Murder of Stepdaughter

Life

 

Assault on first wife – strangling and threat to kill

Strangulation

 

Intent to kill

SNPP 25 years applied

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

SW (No 3)

(34)

[2009] NSWSC 1043

Hulme J

 

[2013] NSWCCA 103

VG

Life

AA

40y

NPP 30y

Nil

Starvation, neglect.

SNPP 25 years applied

Mother of 7y daughter who died as a result of starvation and neglect – Daughter suffered developmental delay and autism – Left in bedroom in unhygienic conditions.

Worst case – drug use.

Father [BW] sentenced for manslaughter.

DEBS

(42 at offence)

[2012] NSWSC 119

RS Hulme J

VG

Life

 

Lengthy – serving life sentences for subsequent murders in Victoria

Shot

 

Intent to kill

1995 Shot female prostitute in head after having sexual intercourse in remote area – no sign of struggle – demonstrates inhumanity and cold bloodedness – no normal or rational motive - an exercise of power or for some thrill or satisfaction

Debs [2003] VSC 30 – two police officers in 1998

Debs [2007] VSC 220 / [2008] VSCA 240 – prostitute in similar circumstances in 1997

MARSH

(49)

[2012] NSWSC 208

Price J

 

 

 

 

 

 

[2015] NSWCCA 154

VG

Life

AD

Nil

Stabbing

 

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Developed animosity towards victim when working under her supervision as a nurse in hospital – later believed unable to obtain further work because victim did not provide helpful references – meticulously planned and practiced murder – turned off electricity and waited until victim returned home – grabbed v from behind, slashed throat and stabbed in chest – cruel, sustained and brutal attack – left victim for dead – took steps to dispose of evidence

US marine – concerned would be forced to leave country if could not obtain further work – further feared would be forced to return to America to pay child maintenance – history of traumatic brain injury had no causal connection to offence

NADEN

(40)

[2013] NSWSC 759

Price J

PG

2 x Murder

Shoot w/i murder

Agg indecent assault

14 x BE

 

Murder V2: Life

 

Murder V1: 28y

NPP 21y

 

Offensive language, high-range PCA.

Strangled

SNPP 20 years

V1: Murdered V1 (female) after V1 raised allegation that A had sexually interfered with XY – A strangled V1 then dismembered and buried V's body.

V2: Strangled V2 (female) – sexual intercourse with V2's body – had been sexually attracted to V2.

A was on the run from police for 7 years and committed a number of break and enters during this time for his survival.

Long standing low-grade depression and severe personality disorder – poor rehabilitation prospects.

Aboriginal.

DEAN

(37)

[2013] NSWSC 1027

Latham J

 

[2015] NSWCCA 307

PG

11 x Murder

 

 

8 x Reck GBH

 

Larceny clerk

Life

 

 

 

8y NPP 6y

 

 

FT 5y

AD

Nil

Arson

SNPP 20 years

Lit two fires in aged care nursing home where A worked as nurse – A had been stealing painkiller medication to feed his long-term drug addiction – an internal investigation revealed the medication was being stolen – A lit fires with intention of covering his theft – while fire was burning A retrieved drug log books and destroyed them – fires caused death and injuries to number of elderly victims.

Worst case category.

Personality disorder – poly substance abuse disorder.

JACOBS (No. 9)

(49)

[2013] NSWSC 1470

Button J

VG

Life

 

Lengthy.  Driving, multiple AR.

Shot

SNPP 25 years

Shot police officer – V had followed A in police vehicle as V suspected A was driving whilst disqualified – V and A stopped and had conversation – A shot V to chest at close range (3 metres) – intent to kill – motive unable to be determined.

Drug abuse – learning difficulties as child.

POPOVIC

(42)

 

 

 

HRISTOVSKV

(29)

 

 

 

 

 

BUBANJA

(28)

 

 

 

KOLOAMATANGI

(45)

[2014] NSWSC 1725

RA Hulme J

Each:

VG

34y

NPP 26y

 

 

 

 

29y

NPP 22y

 

 

 

 

34y

NPP 26y

 

 

 

Life

 

Manslaughter, assault, mal wound

 

 

 

Supply drugs, possess firearm

 

 

 

 

Assault, driving, supply drugs

 

 

 

Lengthy. Robbery, shoot w/I murder, violence, BES

Shot

 

Joint criminal enterprise

SNPP 20 years

Joint criminal enterprise - contract killing of victim S – belief V was giving information to police – K contracted by P to shoot V – K shot V at close range.

 

P:  Person to whom K reported and looked for payment - gave instructions where gun to be obtained, was conduit through whom V's whereabouts were communicated - most active participant in successful phone calls- ringleader or at least the organiser of V's murder – drug abuse – depression.

 

H:  Provided gun and acted as a lookout – supportive family - gambling

B: party to joint criminal enterprise to murder V - informing P of V's whereabouts was pursuant to an agreement to kill V  - motivation for involvement in killing was belief that V was talking to police - prospects of rehabilitation are remote – drug abuse

K: Contracted by P to kill V for payment by P  – instructed to obtain gun from H – shot V -  Difficult upbringing – drug abuse

 

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