Fam­ily to find clo­sure af­ter bru­tal mur­der

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THIS morn­ing in the Supreme Court, a fam­ily’s ag­o­nis­ing wait for jus­tice will end and the wounds of los­ing a loved one in a hor­rific mur­der will be­gin to heal.

Yesterday a jury found Ky­nan Devenna guilty of the bru­tal stab­bing mur­der of for­mer part­ner Sarah­jane Dower in Ayr in 2012.

The jury ruled Devenna, who claimed he wanted to spend more time with his chil­dren, at­tacked Dower from be­hind, stab­bing her in the neck and watch­ing her bleed to death, telling her, “You’re go­ing to die, I’m not call­ing an am­bu­lance”, be­fore stab­bing her again.

Devenna ini­tially pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of man­slaugh­ter, but the pros­e­cu­tion re­fused to down­grade the mur­der charge. He pleaded not guilty to mur­der.

What was not dis­puted were the grisly de­tails of what hap­pened af­ter the mur­der.

Af­ter en­sur­ing Dower was dead, Devenna put her body in her ute, drove it up to High Range, doused it and the body in fuel – for which he had bor­rowed money from a mate – be­fore set­ting it alight. He then re­turned the next day and set it on fire again.

Devenna’s de­fence team ar­gued he was a changed man af­ter serv­ing de­ploy­ments to East Ti­mor and Afghanistan, that he was not ra­tio­nal at the time of the killing and that he may have gone into “army mode”.

But the jury re­jected those ar­gu­ments and in do­ing so have re­vealed a cold, cal­cu­lat­ing killer who has re­fused to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for a pre­med­i­tated, cruel and bru­tal mur­der.

It is al­most three years since the Dower fam­ily lost Sarah­jane and two chil­dren lost their mum. Hope­fully, with jus­tice to be served to­day, their heal­ing can fi­nally be­gin. MH17 video damn­ing ev­i­dence DAMN­ING footage show­ing Rus­sian- backed sep­a­ratists ran­sack­ing the wreck­age of Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH17 in Ukraine last year must surely re­fo­cus the probe into who was re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing 298 in­no­cent lives, in­clud­ing 38 Aus­tralians.

The 17- minute video, un­cov­ered by News Corp Aus­tralia news­pa­pers to­day, will surely lead author­i­ties to ques­tion Rus­sia’s per­sis­tent de­nials of in­volve­ment and un­for­tu­nately con­firm what many have long sus­pected.

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