Mate tells court of con­fes­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

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.

He per­son­al­i­ties, dis­played dif­feren the was very con­fused about ev­ery­day things MOTHER FAY DEVENNA

GIV­ING EV­I­DENCE: Fay Devenna, the mother of the ac­cused, and ( inset) his friend Johnathon Draper.

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