Crack­down on killers

VIC­TIM’S MUM PRAISES NEW LAW

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

THE mother of a Carramar man whose body was dumped at sea and never found is re­lieved the ‘no body, no pa­role’ leg­is­la­tion has passed in WA.

Dawn Edge was a strong ad­vo­cate for the leg­is­la­tion cam­paign after her son Ja­son was killed on An­zac Day in 2015.

Ja­son’s killer Jonathan Pi­hema was sen­tenced to life with a 25-year min­i­mum last year after be­ing con­victed of beat­ing Mr Edge to death over a drug debt at a Clark­son home.

Pi­hema is ap­peal­ing his con­vic­tion and sen­tence. Two other men – Christo­pher Moir and Matthew Howarth – were also jailed over the mur­der.

The new laws re­quire those con­victed of mur­der, man­slaugh­ter or in­fan­ti­cide to dis­close the lo­ca­tion of their vic­tim’s re­mains be­fore be­ing con­sid­ered for pa­role.

Those con­victed will not be con­sid­ered for pa­role un­less they can sat­isfy the Pris­on­ers Re­view Board they have co-op­er­ated with po­lice and law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties in de­ter­min­ing the lo­ca­tion of their vic­tim.

Mrs Edge said the new laws would bring clo­sure to fam­i­lies who won­dered about the re­mains of their loved ones.

“Hope­fully now we can all bring our kids home,” she said. “It’s bad enough go­ing through trial and hear­ing all the lies, it’s like (the con­victed) have a hold over you,

“If they said any­thing, then they own up to be­ing guilty; it’s like a trump card for them.”

At­tor­ney Gen­eral John Quigley said he was pleased the State Gov­ern­ment was able to de­liver one of its key pre-elec­tion com­mit­ments.

“When a killer with­holds in­for­ma­tion about the lo­ca­tion of their vic­tim’s body, it adds to the suf­fer­ing of fam­i­lies and this is un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

“These crim­i­nals should not be af­forded the priv­i­lege of pa­role while their vic­tim’s fam­ily re­mains in limbo.

“These laws send the strongest mes­sage yet to those serv­ing life sen­tences for homi­cide-re­lated of­fences, to re­con­sider their po­si­tion.”

Mrs Edge was thrilled the McGowan gov­ern­ment ful­filled its prom­ise.

“WA has fi­nally caught up; we have been wait­ing for this for a long time,” she said.

Bre­anna In­fer­rera

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