An act of ‘ chilling cruelty’
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.