Gay man gets 20yrs jail for killing lover

The West Australian - - NEWS - Elle Far­cic

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

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