Mur­derer ap­peals sen­tence

Fam­ily dis­ap­pointed by Car­da­mone bid to have ‘life with no pa­role’ over­turned

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY SA­MAN­THA DICK sdick@ne­me­dia.com.au

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.”

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