‘ I’VE DONE IT. I’VE KILLED THE B****’
Mate tells court of confession
A FORMER soldier told a mate that he killed his ex- partner and “it wasn’t quick”, a court was told yesterday.
Kynan Watego Devenna ( pictured) allegedly made the confession to friend Johnathon Draper in the days following Sarahjane Dower’s disappearance.
“He said: ‘ I’ve done it. I’ve killed the b****, and it wasn’t quick’,” Mr Draper told the Supreme Court.
Devenna is accused of murdering Dower at his mother’s home in Ayr on September 1, 2012, and later burning her body at High Range.
Yesterday the jury was shown video of Devenna re- enacting the stabbing with a detective acting as Dower.
“She kind of reached up with her hands,” Devenna said in the video while re- enacting the stabbing.
“She went to the ground right here. She was wheezing, breathing heavy and then I took my hand away and I was pretty much just sitting there watching.”
The footage was recorded on September 4, 2012, after Devenna told police he had killed Dower.
It shows Devenna leading police to where he said he took Dower’s life before he shows them the tea towel he used to clean up her blood.
He also points out where blood was left on the floor as he dragged Dower to the car.
Devenna’s mother Fay told the Townsville Supreme Court her son had returned from serving in Afghanistan a “different man” and was suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD).
“He displayed different personalities, he was very confused about everyday things, he had a lot of aggression for certain people in the army,” she said.
“He barricaded himself in his house at one stage and thought the army was the enemy.
“With Afghanistan, it was PTSD … it was a lot of memory loss.
“He was very quiet … he didn’t laugh or joke.”
Devenna pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Monday but when crown prosecutor Jacob Robson refused to downgrade the charge, he pleaded not guilty to murder.
He also pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse and two counts of arson for driving Dower’s car to High Range, setting it on fire with her remains inside and returning the next day to set it on fire again.
The trial continues today.
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GIVING EVIDENCE: Fay Devenna, the mother of the accused, and ( inset) his friend Johnathon Draper.