Mur­derer look­ing at life in prison

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THE man who mur­dered Whorouly mother Karen Chet­cuti is fac­ing life in prison, most likely without pa­role, de­spite plead­ing guilty to his “shock­ing” crime.

Jus­tice Lex Lasry told Wan­garatta Supreme Court to­day he would con­sider hand­ing down a life sen­tence without pa­role for the first time in his ca­reer.

“I have never de­clined to fix a min­i­mum term, but this is a shock­ing case,” he told the court, in­clud­ing mur­derer Michael Car­da­mone, 50, seated emo­tion­less in the dock.

The court heard Car­da­mone in­ca­pac­i­tated, tor­tured and burnt alive his Whorouly next-door neigh­bour Ms Chet­cuti some­time be­tween Jan­uary 12 and 14 last year.

De­spite Car­da­mone’s guilty plea - which usu­ally calls for a min­i­mum prison term to be im­posed - Jus­tice Lasry in­di­cated he would likely sen­tence the killer to life in prison with no chance of pa­role.

“What trou­bles me most is he kept this woman as a prisoner - alive - then took her to the bush and burnt her to death,” he told the court.

“There’s not a shred of re­gret or second thought, or any­thing.”

Ms Chet­cuti’s mother, Clary Ver­bunt, made an emo­tional im­pact state­ment in court, de­scrib­ing the “deep, dark, black hole of pain” in­side her fol­low­ing Karen’s death.

“A par­ent should never have to hear the de­tails of the death of their chil­dren,” she told the court.

“For all of us, Karen’s death is a life sen­tence.

“The night­mares will not stop; I’m haunted by Karen’s last mo­ments.

“Life will never be the same.” Car­da­mone’s de­fence coun­sel, Pa­trick Tehan QC, is to con­tinue his plea in the Wan­garatta Supreme Court this week, with sen­tenc­ing ex­pected later this week.

DE­CI­SION PEND­ING: Michael Car­da­mone be­ing led into Wan­garatta supreme court at an ear­lier hear­ing.

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