Murderer appeals sentence
Family disappointed by Cardamone bid to have ‘life with no parole’ overturned
THE former husband of murdered Whorouly woman Karen Chetcuti said he is disappointed her murderer Michael Cardamone has appealed his prison sentence of life without parole.
The Supreme Court of Victoria confirmed the appeal was lodged last week on the grounds that the decision to deny Cardamone a nonparole period was “manifestly excessive”.
An appeal date has not been set.
Tony Chetcuti, of Wangaratta, said he was “disappointed” the convicted murderer had appealed his sentence of life in prison without parole.
“We thought we could put it all behind us,” he told the Wangaratta Chronicle on Friday.
“I mean, he’s given us a life sentence, and that’s never going to go away.
“It’s fitting for him to receive the same.”
Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry made a landmark decision at Wangaratta Supreme Court on August 25 when he sentenced Cardamone to life in prison without parole for murdering Karen Chetcuti, despite the killer pleading guilty and having no prior convictions for murder.
Justice Lasry explained that in the history of Victoria, the only sentences for murder where a minimum term was not fixed after a guilty plea have been in cases where the accused had one or more prior convictions for murder.
While Cardamone had serious prior convictions, including the 2005 rape of a 15 year old girl in Myrtleford, he did not have any prior convictions for murder.
Cardamone was, however, on parole at the time he attacked, tortured and burnt alive his 49 year old Whorouly next-door neighbour sometime between January 12 and 14 last year.
“To refuse to fix a minimum term is an exceptional step and is a dreadful punishment; but this was a dreadful crime,” Justice Lasry told the court.
Cardamone’s 78 year old mother, Maria Cardamone, is due to be sentenced this Friday at Wangaratta County Court for attempting to pervert the course of justice by conspiring to have a key witness killed in the murder case against her son.
“We were hoping this Friday was going to be the last of it, with his mother’s sentencing,” Mr Chetcuti said.
“It just keeps on resurfacing.”