Mur­derer im­pris­oned

Kwinana Courier - - News -

A MAN who killed his friend from Cal­ista, and in­ter­fered with his corpse, did so be­cause the friend would not give him $100.

David John Napier was given life im­pris­on­ment at his Supreme Court sen­tenc­ing on Au­gust 4.

Jus­tice Bruno Fian­naca said Napier was con­victed af­ter plead­ing guilty to mur­der and in­ter­fer­ing with a corpse with in­tent to pre­vent or prej­u­dice an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mur­der.

“To or­di­nary, de­cent mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, your crimes would defy com­pre­hen­sion,” he said.

“You are some­one who im­pressed as a mild-man­nered mid­dle-aged man. In an in­stant, on an or­di­nary day in Au­gust 2016, you turned into some­one ca­pa­ble of mon­strous be­hav­iour, vi­o­lently at­tack­ing and killing your good friend Richard An­drews in his home when he was un­sus­pect­ing, and then des­e­crat­ing his body in the most hor­rific way.”

Jus­tice Fian­naca said Mr An­drews had only ever shown Napier kind­ness.

“You be­trayed his trust. You killed him be­cause you were des­per­ate for money, a re­sult of your reck­less gam­bling. Hav­ing killed him, you plun­dered his sav­ings and cal­lously went about con­ceal­ing the mur­der.”

“These were crimes of the gravest kind.”

Af­ter the mur­der, Napier up­held a façade that sug­gested Mr An­drews was still alive and had gone on a hol­i­day.

Napier was un­em­ployed and had a gam­bling debt of $20,000 at the time.

On Au­gust 4, Napier vis­ited Mr An­drews and while in a de­pressed state asked to bor­row $100 for petrol and food.

Mr An­drews re­fused to give Napier the money.

The re­fusal an­gered Napier and from there he made plans to kill Mr An­drews.

He later killed Mr An­drews by ap­proach­ing him from be­hind and hit­ting with a ham­mer sev­eral times.

He then dis­sected the body, hid­ing it in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions to pre­vent po­lice find­ing out what he had done.

He cleaned Mr An­drews’ home with bleach to re­move ev­i­dence, emp­tied his bank ac­counts and forged doc­u­ments to avoid sus­pi­cion, how­ever a neigh­bour be­came sus­pi­cious and re­ported it to po­lice.

He even­tu­ally con­fessed when po­lice said a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion was oc­cur­ring at the house where a sig­nif­i­cant amount of blood had been found.

“The fact that you dealt with Mr An­drews’ body in such a ghastly way is dis­tress­ing for his loved ones and has in­creased the loss and pain they have suf­fered,” he said.

Jus­tice Fian­naca sen­tenced Napier to 22 years im­pris­on­ment for the mur­der and an­other four years and six months for the in­ter­fer­ence charge.

They were back­dated to Septem­ber 19 when Napier was taken into cus­tody.

Foren­sic po­lice searched the Cal­ista unit.

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