Man blud­geoned mate after plans fell through

The Australian - - THE NATION -

A man who blud­geoned a friend to death acted in a “mad rage”, hit­ting his vic­tim in the head un­til he felt his skull col­lapse, a court has heard. Adrian Ste­wart Ma­hony, 67, killed Dale McCauley, 43, at the vic­tim’s home at Wil­lunga, south of Ade­laide, in Jan­uary 1998 be­fore dump­ing his body in scrub nearby. Yes­ter­day, Supreme Court judge Mal­colm Blue jailed him for at least 15 years, say­ing the mur­der was sparked by Ma­hony’s anger that his friend had backed out of a plan for the two to re­store a boat and move to Queens­land and start a busi­ness to­gether.

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