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Murder - s19A

Natural Life    
 

Name  
(age if known)

DatePleaSentenceAppealRecordHow 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, AOABHassault"Granny killer" - attacks on elderly women

CAMERON

(37)

NSWSC

Newman J

16.10.1992

VGLife two prior murdersassault

Lured female through radio ad for relationship – assaulted victim and she drowned in her blood

Similar offence committed previously

TWALA

(30)

NSWSC

Sully J

18.3.1993

 

NSWCCA

4.11.1994

VGLife

AA

MT 15y

AT 5y

nil

stabbing

intent GBH

Brutal stabbing of estranged wife.

Diminished responsibility rejected.

GARFORTH

(29)

NSWSC

Newman J

9.7.1993

 

NSWCCA

23.5.1994

PGLifeADlengthydrowningAbducted, sexually assaulted and drowned 9y female in dam

BAKER

(46)

NSWSC

Newman J

6.8.1993

 

NSWCCA

20.9.1995

PG

6 x Murder

 

Attempt murder

LifeADminor

shooting

intent kill

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

TROTTER

(57)

(1993) 68 A Crim R 536

NSWSC

Hunt CJ at CL

VG

Murder

 

Sexual assault

Life Rape

drowning

intent kill

Sexual assaulted 2y boy then placed him in river

Diminished defence rejected - psychiatric history - "dangerous"

STEELE

NSWSC

Hunt CJ at CL

12.5.1994

PG

3 x Murder

LifeCrown ADminor

shooting – pushed over cliff

intent to kill

Killing spree - 3 men shot by offenders – siege followed – third man of group killed self before arrest
STREET

NSWSC

Dunford J

29.6.1995

 

NSWCCA

17.12.1996

VG

2 x Murder

LifeADviolence, sexual offencessuffocation / stabbingSuffocated wife - stabbed new female partner 12 weeks later - second victim found in suitcase by police at offender's premises during search regarding death of wife.
MILAT

NSWSC

Hunt CJ at CL

27.7.1996

 

NSWCCA

26.2.1998

VG

7 x Murder

 

Detain for advantage

LifeConviction ADpriors of violence

2 x shooting

3 x stabbing

2 x strangulation

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

 

[1999] NSWCCA 66

VG

Life

 

 

Life

AD

lengthy

 

 

lengthy

stabbing

intent kill

Sexual assault and killing of nurse with machete at Walgett – victim surprised offenders as they were stealing her car. Aboriginal cousins

LEONARD

(24)

NSWSC

B-Parker J

10.11.1997

 

NSWCCA

7.12.1998

VG

Murder

 

PG

Murder

LifeAD 

bow and arrow

stabbing

intent kill

Shot victim with bow and 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

[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)

NSWSC

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.
SUCKLING[1999] NSWCCA 36VGLifeAD body never foundKilled prostitute and dismembered body, burying her in outback New South Wales.

ROSE

 

Co-offender: LEWIS

[1999] NSWCCA 327

PG

5 x Murder

LifeADNot stated

Not stated

Intent to kill

5 gangland / contract murders - facts not stated.

HARRIS

(30)

(2000) 111 A Crim R 415

[2000] NSWSC 285

Bell J

 

(2000) 121 A Crim R 342

[2000] NSWCCA 469

PG

3 x Murder

 

AR

40y

NPP 25y

Crown AA

Life

not serious

strangulation

intent kill

Strangled male suffering effects of stroke in own home - later strangled intellectually disabled woman he befriended in her home - 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

LifeADnilshooting and stabbingParticipated 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

LifeADnil

assault / strangulation

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

[2005] NSWCCA 385

VG

2 x Murder

 

Mal wounding with intent

LifeADminor

shooting

intent to kill

Became involved in minor altercation outside hotel - stepped out of car and shot three male strangers - 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

(51)

[2001] NSWSC 1011

O'Keefe J

 

(2006) 164 A Crim R 126

[2006] NSWCCA 292

PGLifeADnil

stabbing

intent to kill

Female offender - 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

[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

MILES

(27)

[2002] NSWSC 84

Hidden J

 

[2002] NSWCCA 276

PG

25y

NPP 19y

Crown AA

Life

murderstabbing

Serving jail sentence for murder of girlfriend in 1990 when 18 years of age - escaped from prison to be with 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

VGLifeLeave to appeal refusedServing life sentence for 2 murders - breached bond

shooting

intent to kill

Gangland killing of notorious and vicious principal in extensive criminal organisation involved in drugs and protection by associates – victim gunned down in car by K and M - E acted as lookout, advising shooters of victim's movements - motive was to improve offender's own criminal activities - use of firearms an aggravating circumstance

K - Principal - hardened criminal

FYFFE

(33)

 

 

 

 

Co-offender: HORE

[2002] NSWSC 751

Barr J

 

[2005] NSWCCA 3

VGLifeADlengthy recordassault

Carefully planned 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

VGLifeADmurder - poor prison record - continued violenceassault

Carefully planned 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

[2004] NSWCCA 19

PG

(15% on appeal)

3 x Murder

Life

AA

24y

NPP 18y

 

24y

NPP 18y

 

24y

NPP 17y

 

Total:

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 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

[2004] NSWCCA 463

VGLifeADserious record for violence - shooting murder of estranged wife

stabbing

intent 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

[2007] NSWCCA 321

VG

3 x Murder

LifeADNil

Stabbing - striking and strangling

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

Life

 

 

 

Total other offences:

36y

NPP 28y

AA

28y

NPP 22y

 

Total other offences:

36y

NPP 28y

 

Total:

42y

NPP 36y

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

Gunshot

Felony murder

SNPP 20 years

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 car with female occupant using knife and gun – sexually assaulted complainant twice – robberies of various retail premises using guns and knives

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

COULTER

(41)

[2005] NSWSC 101

G. James J

PGLife Nil

Suffocation

intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Killed 11y daughter of cousin – planned to kill so would be forced to commit suicide – smothered victim in her 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

VILLA

(36)

[2005] NSWCCA 4

VG

2 x Murder

 

3 x Attempt murder

LifeADMinor

Shooting / Stabbing / Strangulation

Intent to kill

Entered home to collect debt – tied up adults – shot male – shot, stabbed and strangled female – 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

[2006] NSWCCA 404

VG

3 x Murder

LifeADDishonesty offence

Shooting / Assault

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

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

[2006] NSWCCA 312

PG

(25%)

Murder

 

4 x Agg sexual ass

 

Kidnapping

16y

NPP 12y

 

Total:

30y

NPP 25y

Crown AA

Life

Paedophile offences

Hammer

Intent to inflict GBH

SNPP 20 years

Broke into house of male acquaintance and killed sleeping victim – earlier argument over money - sexually abused victim's 10y step-daughter 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

 

[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

DARWICHE

(26/28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL-ZEYAT

(23)

 

AOUAD

(22)

[2006] NSWSC 1167

Bell J

 

[2011] NSWCCA 62

(conviction appeals)

 

[2015] NSWCCA 196

(Sentence appeals - El-Zeyat, Aouad)

VG

Mal discharge firearm W/I

 

Shoot W/I to murder

 

2 x Murder

 

 

 

2 x Murder

 

 

2 x Murder

2 x Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 x Life

 

 

2 x Life

Conviction AD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sentence AD

 

 

Sentence AD

Relatively minor – breached bond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relatively minor

 

 

Relatively minor – Breached bond

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 –sleeping female and male killed

(co-offender remitted for sentence after 2015 appeal)

JOHNSON

(53)

[2007] NSWSC 274

Whealy J

 

[2010] NSWCCA 86

VG

2 x Murder

 

Dishonesty offences

LifeConviction ADMinor traffic

Strangulation

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

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

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

WALSH

(69)

[2009] NSWSC 764

McCallum J

PG

2 x Murder

 

Murder

 

 

Att murder

Life

 

 

20y

NPP 15y

 

16y

NPP 12y

 Nil

Assault, stabbing and drowning

Intent to kill

SNPP 25 years

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– 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

Murder

 

Murder

30y

 

 

Life

 Assault on first wife – strangling and threat to kill

Strangulation

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years / 25 years

Strangled wife during argument – verbal threats and physical assaults made previously – killed 9y 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 – killing if step daughter worst case

No evidence of remorse or rehabilitation

SW (No.3)

(34)

[2009] NSWSC 1043

Hulme J

 

[2013] NSWCCA 103

VGLife

AA

40y

NPP 30y

NilStarvation – neglect

SNPP 25 years

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

VGLife 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 – killing of prostitute in similar circumstances in 1997

MARSH

(49)

[2012] NSWSC 208

Price J

 

[2015] NSWCCA 154

VGLifeADNil

Stabbing

Intent to kill

SNPP 20 years

Top of range - 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 victim 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

Murder

(20%)

 

Murder

 

Shoot w/i murder

 

Agg indecent assault

 

BES

 

 

15 x BES

28y

NPP 21y

 

 

Life

 

16y

NPP 6y

 

4y

NPP 2y

 

3y 6m

NPP 1y

 

FT 2y – 3y 6m

 Offensive language, high-range PCA.Strangulation

SNPP 20 years

Indecently assaulted 12y daughter of acquaintance

Murdered female cousin after she raised allegation offender had indecently assault 12y female - strangled victim then dismembered and buried body.

5 months later strangled female neighbour – had sexual intercourse with body – had been sexually attracted to victim

On run from police for 7 years and committed multiple break and enter offences to survive – shot at police officers who approached camp

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 s.35(2)

 

Larceny as a clerk

Life

 

 

 

8y NPP 6y

 

FT 5y

ADNilArson

SNPP 20 years

Lit two fires in aged care nursing home where worked as nurse – had been stealing painkiller medication to feed long-term drug addiction – internal investigation revealed medication being stolen – lit fires to cover theft – while fire was burning 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

VGLife Lengthy - driving, multiple AR.

Shooting

Intent to kill

SNPP 25 years

Shot police officer – victim followed offender in police vehicle suspecting offender driving disqualified – both stopped then offender shot victim in chest at close range (3 metres) – motive unable to be determined.

Drug abuse – learning difficulties as child.

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

STANFORD

(24)

[2016] NSWSC 1434

RA Hulme J

PG

Murder

 

s 61J

Life

 

 

15y

 NilStabbing and assault

SNPP 20 years

Killing and sexual assault of 26y female teacher – offender worked as cleaner at school – victim working alone on weekend - dragged victim into room – bashed to head 30-40 times until unconscious – penile-vaginal penetration – stabbed victim to neck – careful disposal of body in bush – set body alight - returned to take photographs of body – disposal of jewellery to offender's brother - worst case category

Autism spectrum disorder – no remorse - harboured violent thoughts, including killing people, since a child - evidence of searches on internet in relation to violent rape - purchase of knives, handcuffs and other devices capable of use in carrying out acts of extreme violence -  stalking of other females - future dangerousness

XIE

(53)

[2017] NSWSC 63

(Fullerton J)

VG

5 x Murder

Life  Assault with hammer-like weapon

SNPP 20 years / 25 years

Killed family of parents (44y and 45y), 2 sons (12y and 9y), and aunt (39y) – brother-in-law of women and uncle to children - blunt force injuries on heads and faces of each victim with hammer-like weapon - attached rope to weapon, most likely to ensure he did not lose control of weapon as he wielded it at heads and faces of victims to maximise degree of force and ensure he killed with speed and efficiency – planning – possible motive of sexual interest in 15y daughter of victim or upset with low status in family - worst case category - spread and severity of injuries - multiple forms of extreme violence - face and head of each of victims deliberately targeted.

Future dangerousness - risk may commit offences of violence in future amplified by sexual violence inflicted on victims' daughter after murders

KOLOAMATANGI

(35 at offence)

 

[2017] NSWSC 1631

N.Adams J

VG

 

Life

 

 

Lengthy – includes violence – breached parole

 

Shooting

Intent to kill

NPP 20 years

Co-offender 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

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

Last Updated: 25.6.2018

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