Brutal killers have appeals thrown out
The cold-blooded killers of father Travis Mills, including his partner and her mother, have had appeals against their murder convictions and sentences thrown out.
In April 2015, 30-year-old Mr Mills was confronted by strangers in his Seville Grove home, who brutally bashed him and then burnt him alive in the boot of his car.
A Supreme Court trial heard the plan to murder Mr Mills was initiated by his girlfriend’s mother, Joanne Ruthsalz, and was ruthlessly executed with the help of his partner Seleena Ruthsalz.
The jury heard how Mr Mills did not like Joanne Ruthsalz because of her long-term drug dealing and interfering nature, and she made no secret of the fact that the feeling was mutual.
The Ruthsalz women whipped up a “frenzy of false accusations and lies” about Mr Mills, telling friend Justine Campbell, a previous victim of serious domestic violence, that he was abusive.
Acting under a misguided belief that she had to protect Seleena and her baby Ruby, Campbell recruited the help of her husband Darren and friend Darryl Newton.
Mr Mills had just put together a trampoline for Ruby’s first birthday when the men opened his door with Seleena’s keys and viciously attacked him.
After a lengthy trial, all five were convicted of murder, sentenced to a combined total of at least 106 years in jail. The five appealed against either their convictions, their sentences, or both.
Yesterday, in a lengthy judgment, all the appeals were dismissed, with a Court of Appeal panel reiterating Joanne Ruthsalz was the mastermind of the murder.
“Joanne Ruthsalz was the primary instigator of the plan to kill Travis Mills,” the judges said.
“Although she may have been unaware of the particular mechanism . . . Joanne Ruthsalz was nevertheless morally and legally culpable for the act of killing, including the mechanism by which it occurred.”