Killer tries for jail break
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.