Killer tries for jail break

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON CRIME RE­PORTER

A DIS­GRACED for­mer top rugby player who stabbed his ex-girl­friend to death has been given per­mis­sion to change pris­ons so he can be closer to his daugh­ters.

The move has hor­ri­fied and out­raged his vic­tim’s fam­ily, es­pe­cially as con­victed killer Paul Mul­vi­hill has never ad­mit­ted his guilt.

Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices NSW has jus­ti­fied let­ting the for­mer Wal­laby hope­ful change from a NSW jail to a prison in Queens­land by claim­ing it saves tax­pay­ers’ money.

Mul­vi­hill, who was jailed for 29 years for mur­der­ing his ex-girl­friend Rachelle Yeo, 31, on the north­ern beaches in 2012, ap­plied for the re­lo­ca­tion so he could be closer to his chil­dren. The Sun­day Tele­graph un­der­stands the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved late last year.

The in­dul­gence has up­set Ms Yeo’s fam­ily, who pointed out 51-year-old Mul­vi­hill’s en­dur­ing lack of re­morse.

“The trans­fer was ap­proved un­der com­pas­sion­ate grounds but this is a con­victed mur­derer who stalked and killed a beau­ti­ful woman,” Ms Yeo’s brother, Kevin Yeo, said.

“Paul Mul­vi­hill showed Rachelle Yeo no com­pas­sion and he has shown no re­morse for his ac­tions.”

Ms Yeo and the mar­ried Mul­vi­hill be­gan a re­la­tion­ship while work­ing for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals com­pany Sanofi Aven­tis but it ended in May 2012.

Ms Yeo moved to Syd­ney but an ob­ses­sive Mul­vi­hill ig­nored her re­quests to be left alone.

On the night of July 16, 2012, Ms Yeo re­turned home to her Curl Curl unit af­ter a yoga class and was con­fronted by Mul­vi­hill.

Mul­vi­hill, whose wife ended their mar­riage af­ter find­ing out about his af­fair, stabbed Ms Yeo be­fore jump­ing over the bal­cony and flee­ing.

Mul­vi­hill main­tained his in­no­cence through­out his trial.

He ar­gued Ms Yeo ac­tu­ally in­vited him in­side her unit to talk and “ac­ci­den­tally” stabbed her­self in the neck and ch­est dur­ing a strug­gle.

Even af­ter a jury took just two hours to con­vict him of mur­der, Mul­vi­hill only went as far as ad­mit­ting he shouldn’t have strug­gled with Ms Yeo, rather than claim­ing he shouldn’t have mur­dered her.

The father-of-three was sen­tenced to 29 years in jail, with a non-pa­role pe­riod of 22 years, with a judge not­ing his “lack of in­sight or ac­cep­tance of re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

Ms Yeo’s fam­ily is strug­gling to un­der­stand how his trans­fer could be ap­proved. Her father Roger Yeo said: “I do be­lieve that at least a por­tion of the per­pe­tra­tor’s sen­tence should be served be­fore there should even be an ap­pli­ca­tion for trans­fer con­sid­ered”.

His son Kevin added: “Ideally the vic­tim’s fam­ily should be part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process with an op­por­tu­nity to voice con­cerns.

“We would do any­thing to have Rachelle back but the man that killed her should not be given any spe­cial treat­ment while he is in jail.”

Asked for an ex­pla­na­tion for Mul­vi­hill’s move, a Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices spokes­woman said “mov­ing an in­mate to an­other state re­moves the fi­nan­cial bur­den on NSW tax­pay­ers”.

Paul Mul­vi­hill.Rachelle Yeo.

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