An act of ‘ chill­ing cru­elty’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

KY­NAN Wat­ego Devenna demon­strated “chill­ing cru­elty” in the mur­der of his ex­part­ner, Jus­tice David North SC said as he sen­tenced the for­mer soldier to life in jail.

Devenna, 32, was sen­tenced in the Supreme Court in Townsville yesterday for the “planned and pre­med­i­tated” mur­der of 26- year- old Ayr woman Sarah­jane Dower.

“( Devenna’s) con­fes­sion demon­strated the mur­der of Sarah­jane Dower was planned and pre­med­i­tated,” Jus­tice North said.

“In its ex­e­cu­tion, in what you said to her as she lay dy­ing from her wounds, you demon­strated a chill­ing cru­elty.

“Your chil­dren have lost their mother. A loss that will be with them all their lives.”

Devenna stabbed Ms Dower twice in the neck at his mother’s house in Ayr af­ter he or­gan­ised a meet­ing to speak about their chil­dren. He then drove her body to High Range and set her car alight with the body in­side, be­fore re­turn­ing and burn­ing her re­mains a sec­ond time the next day.

De­fence Bar­ris­ter Har­vey Wal­ters said his client suf­fered post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter wit­ness­ing the death of a friend on de­ploy­ment in Afghanistan.

“While on pa­trol a close friend of his in the unit, Ben­jamin Ranaudo, was killed by an an­tiper­son­nel de­vice,” Mr Wal­ters said. “My client was about 20m from him.”

Mr Wal­ters said his client had stopped tak­ing his med­i­ca­tion shortly be­fore the mur­der of Ms Dower.

Jus­tice North or­dered that Devenna’s psy­chi­atric record be pro­vided to Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices.

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