Bru­tal killer jailed

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son Ja­son Edge.

THE mother of Car­ra­mar man Ja­son Edge wept tears of re­lief as her son’s killer was handed a life sen­tence with a sig­nif­i­cant 25-year min­i­mum last week.

Two other men in­volved in the crime were also jailed last Wed­nes­day.

Supreme Court Jus­tice Lindy Jenk­ins said Johnathan Derek Pi­hema (30) had shown lit­tle re­morse over the 2015 An­zac Day killing she de­scribed as “bru­tal”.

Mr Edge’s body was dumped at sea and never found.

“Your acts apart from be­ing crim­i­nal (and) ap­pallingly horrific, have caused much heartache for Mr Edge’s friends and fam­ily,” Jus­tice Jenk­ins said.

“To the author­i­ties, to Mr Edge’s fam­ily and to this court, you have never ac­knowl­edged your re­spon­si­bil­ity in Mr Edge’s death.”

An­other man in­volved with Mr Edge’s killing, Christo­pher Joe Moir (23) was sen­tenced to 12 years jail with a 10-year min­i­mum for man­slaugh­ter.

A third man Matthew James Howarth (28) was sen­telinced to six years as an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact for help­ing dis­pose of Mr Edge’s body in a dinghy.

His sen­tence was in­creased to nine years with the ad­di­tion of mul­ti­ple drugs charges. He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in seven years.

The trio showed lit­tle emo­tion through­out the hear­ing, which was held in the District Court build­ing.

Mr Edge’s mother Dawn Edge said the fam­ily felt sat­is­fied.

“I’m just glad it’s over… it’s been a long process,” she said.

“How can you move on? I would pre­fer to have my son back to at least give him a burial but that’s not go­ing to hap­pen.”

The court heard Mr Edge (29) was beaten by Pi­hema and choked by Moir at Moir’s Clark­son home.

Moir’s then-part­ner Jodi Ab­bott had lured Mr Edge to the prop­erty un­der the as­sump­tion he would be buy­ing drugs.

In­stead, Pi­hema was armed with a gun and other weapons, wait­ing to ac­cost Mr Edge in a bed­room over a debt.

The pair was in­volved in a strug­gle, dur­ing which Mr Edge be­gan to over­power his at­tacker.

Pi­hema called for the help of Moir, who re­strained Mr Edge in a choke-hold.

Pi­hema fur­ther as­saulted the vic­tim once he was sub­dued, in­clud­ing stomp­ing on his head.

Jus­tice Jenk­ins said there was ev­i­dence the as­sault, which lasted up to 45 min­utes, was bru­tal, with a “con­sid­er­able amount of blood shed by the de­ceased in the bed­room”.

Pi­hema sought the help of his friend Howarth, who was a drug dealer, to dis­pose of Mr Edge’s body at sea.

All the men in­volved, in­clud­ing Mr Edge, were metham­phetamine users.

In a mov­ing mo­ment at the hear­ing, Mrs Edge read out her vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends were in tears in the pub­lic gallery as she de­scribed the trauma for her and her hus­band Rob of los­ing their only son.

“We can’t give him the fu­neral he de­serves or a place of rest for him,” she read to the court.

“I am un­able to com­pre­hend how th­ese three ac­cused can dis­re­gard a hu­man life in such a vile and in­hu­mane way.”

Mrs Edge ex­plained her son’s drug prob­lems be­gan af­ter he was the vic­tim in a se­ri­ous car crash caused by a drunk-driver, whose ve­hi­cle ploughed into the side of Mr Edge’s car.

She said Mr Edge de­vel­oped “se­vere” post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, hav­ing suf­fered “mul­ti­ple horrific in­juries”.

Be­fore then he had been a keen sports­man, rep­re­sent­ing Wan­neroo in grade cricket.

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