ACCUSED ADMITS TO STABBING FORMER PARTNER IN NECK
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
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.