AC­CUSED AD­MITS TO STAB­BING FOR­MER PART­NER IN NECK

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

A MAN ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife told her she was “go­ing to die” af­ter stab­bing her twice in the neck, a Townsville court heard yesterday.

Ky­nan Wat­ego Devenna is charged with the mur­der of his 26- year- old wife Sarah­jane Dower at his mother’s house in Ayr on Septem­ber 1, 2012.

Devenna pleaded guilty yesterday to man­slaugh­ter but his plea was re­jected by Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Ja­cob Rob­son who re­fused to down­grade the charge from mur­der.

Devenna also pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse and two counts of ar­son.

Video record­ings of po­lice in­ter­views were played in the Supreme Court dur­ing day one of the trial yesterday, in which Devenna con­fessed to de­tec­tives that he stabbed Ms Dower twice in the neck.

In his in­ter­view, Devenna told po­lice he stabbed Ms Dower and said: “You’re go­ing to die, I’m not ring­ing the am­bu­lance. I said I was go­ing to get you.”

He had ar­ranged to meet Ms Dower on the day of her death to dis­cuss their chil­dren, the court was told.

Dur­ing the po­lice in­ter­view, recorded on Septem­ber 4, 2012, Devenna said he killed his wife be­cause she wasn’t look­ing af­ter their two chil­dren prop­erly.

“In my mind, she was never go­ing to change and I wasn’t go­ing to stand by and watch my kids suf­fer,” he said dur­ing the in­ter­view played in court. “I pretty much stabbed her in the neck. “She was pretty much im­mo­bilised on the ground and she was just bleed­ing out.

“I was hold­ing her down and she was kind of fight­ing.”

The court heard Devenna then wrapped her body in a blan­ket, put her in the back seat of her car and drove to High Range.

He set the car on fire with her body in­side be­fore re­turn­ing to the iso­lated spot the next day where he burnt the car and her body for a sec­ond time, the court was told.

Ms Dower’s mother Ap­polo­nia McDon­nell gave ev­i­dence yesterday and told the court she had been wor­ried about her daugh­ter meet­ing Devenna.

“I said ‘ I don’t want you go­ing, Sarah’,” she said. “That’s the last time I saw Sarah.”

Mr Rob­son said Devenna in­ten­tion­ally killed Ms Dower.

“It was a pre­med­i­tated, cold- blooded and planned act,” he said.

“She was at the house alone with him when he ap­proached her from be­hind and stabbed her twice in the neck.”

The trial will re­sume this morn­ing.

She was pretty much im­mo­bilised on the ground and she was just bleed­ing out KY­NAN WAT­EGO DEVENNA TALK­ING TO PO­LICE IN AN IN­TER­VIEW

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

IN MEM­ORY: The par­ents of Sarah­jane Dower ( left), John and Ap­polo­nia McDon­nell ( be­low), out­side court yesterday with a box con­tain­ing her ashes.

CON­FES­SION: Ky­nan Wat­ego Devenna.

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