Ob­sessed Brit who knifed teen girl’s fam­ily to death is caged

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A JEALOUS man who killed a teenage girl and her par­ents af­ter she spurned his ad­vances has been jailed for at least 35 years.

Ja­son Downie, 20, stabbed his vic­tims 112 times af­ter be­com­ing ob­sessed with Chantelle Rowe, 16, when he em­i­grated to Australia from Scot­land.

Jus­tice John Su­lan said the term “fren­zied at­tack” did not ad­e­quately de­scribe the triple mur­ders of Chantelle, her fa­ther An­drew and mother Rose near Ade­laide.

Downie, orig­i­nally from Kil­marnock, car­ried out the at­tack in Novem­ber 2010 af­ter he broke into the fam­ily’s home in Ka­punda through a bathroom win­dow.

He had fan­ta­sised about Chantelle and be­came jealous of his pal who was dat­ing her.

Downie ad­mit­ted stab­bing her more than 33 times, her fa­ther at least 29 times and her mum more than 50.

Jus­tice added: “The cold-blooded, mer­ci­less at­tack upon Chantelle – who was hid­ing un­der the bed in fear and who you dragged out, stabbed, sex­u­ally as­saulted and then stabbed again and mur­dered – was a chill­ing act.”

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