Gay man gets 20yrs jail for killing lover
A former State rugby player who killed his secret lover in a drugfuelled rage before setting the man’s house on fire will spend at least 20 years behind bars.
Lane Tynan Mitchell, 25, was using methylamphetamine with Peter Anthony Jarman in June last year when he flew into a rage.
Mitchell bashed Mr Jarman with his fists, a metal statute and a wine bottle and set the victim’s North Perth unit on fire in a bid to cover his tracks.
Mr Jarman had severe head injuries, including a fractured skull and a brain injury, but was still alive when the fire started to spread through his home.
He had full-thickness burns to 50 per cent of his body when firefighters pulled him from the house and tried in vain to resuscitate him.
Supreme Court Justice Bruno Fiannaca sentenced Mitchell to life behind bars with a minimum of 20 years yesterday over the “brutal and merciless” murder.
He said Mitchell ferociously killed a man who had treated him as a friend, let him into his home and been intimate with him.
“Fuelled by methylamphetamine, you flew into a rage during an argument about money,” Justice Fiannaca said.
“It was appalling criminal conduct of the most serious kind.”
The court was told Mitchell did not want his family to find out about his sentencing because he was embarrassed about his homosexual acts.
Justice Fiannaca said he did not think Mitchell was truly sorry for what he had done.
“It is astounding that sexual acts, rather than your taking of another man’s life, would be your greatest source of shame,” he said.
Mitchell stole Mr Jarman’s wallet and threw his computer, laptop and phone into the shower before he left the unit.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Jarman’s sister said her brother’s death had a heartbreaking impact on their family.
Peter Anthony Jarman