Brother in mourn­ing for boys left be­hind

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOSH AL­STON

on why the ap­peal was de­nied.

“I have asked her to re­view the de­ci­sion by the pre­sid­ing judge, in light of the com­mu­nity out­rage at the sen­tence,” he said. “I have cer­tainly put for­ward my con­cerns, put for­ward the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity.”

Ms Dower’s brother Ian said he be­lieved the case should be re­opened, claim­ing there was more to the case than what was heard in court.

“I think it should be re­opened,” he said.

“I think she should have got more than what she got – re­open the case.”

Ms Viero did calls yesterday.

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re­turn THE griev­ing brother of Sarah­jane Dower can’t help but feel a sense of deja vu.

Ian Dower has ex­pressed re­lief that the trial of Sarah­jane’s killer, Ky­nan Devenna, has re­sulted in a life sen­tence for her for­mer part­ner.

“I re­ally don’t know what to say, I’m glad it’s over,” he said.

But it is their chil­dren who are left be­hind whom he feels have been de­liv­ered the real life sen­tence.

It is a cruel cut Ian knows all too well. When he was just a six- year- old boy, his own mother died. She was 26.

Then his sis­ter, Sarah­jane, was taken from her chil­dren. She too was just 26.

I have asked her to re­view the de­ci­sion in light of

the out­rage BUR­DEKIN MP DALE LAST My heart goes out to Sarah’s chil­dren

IAN DOWER

“At the end of the day, two lit­tle boys have lost their mother,” he said.

“They will no longer know the com­fort of a cud­dle from Mum or an en­cour­ag­ing smile from her. Their mem­o­ries will be from photos and lit­tle snip­pets of other peo­ple’s sto­ries of Sarah.

“My heart goes out to Sarah’s chil­dren.

“My main con­cern now is the boys. This is just sense­less, there is no win­ner.

“The chil­dren have lost their mum and now have to live with the shock­ing re­al­ity that their fa­ther is re­spon­si­ble for her sense­less mur­der.”

They are words that are dif­fi­cult for Ian to speak and he chokes up regularly.

But he did com­mend the of­fi­cers of the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice who brought his sis­ter’s killer to jus­tice.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the po­lice, de­tec­tives and the pros­e­cu­tor for their dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to achiev­ing a favourable out­come,” he said.

“RIP Sarah­jane.”

The

Bul­letin,

De­cem­ber 17, 2012

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