Decade in jail for Peta’s killers
THREE men found guilty in March of manslaughter over the death of a Port Kennedy woman, who jumped or fell out of a moving car in fear after she had been kidnapped, have each been jailed for more than a decade.
Mother-of-three Peta Fairhead (27) and two male acquaintances were lured to a house then robbed, detained against their will and terrorised by Ross James Boag (20), Leroy Smith and Lucas James Yarran (both 21) in August 2016.
The Supreme Court of WA heard all involved were using methamphetamines.
The three victims were drawn to the Ridgewood property about 2am by a 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named, and asked one of the acquaintances if he had meth, suggesting she was sexually interested in him.
Yarran had asked the girl if she knew anyone they could “roll for gear”.
Ms Fairhead and the two men were threatened with baseball bats and a machete during a 40minute ordeal at the house and were then forced into her car, which Yarran drove erratically.
After he threatened to take them to bushland where they would be burnt inside the car, Ms Fairhead reached for the machete, opened the door and either jumped or fell out in fear. Her head hit the road, fatally injuring her.
Yarran went back and collected the unconscious woman then dumped her outside Joondalup Health Campus, where doctors tried but failed to revive her.
“She was driven to do a dangerous act because of fear and her desire to escape,” Justice Stephen Hall said on Friday.
Yarran was sentenced to 11 years.
His co-offenders were each handed 10-and-a-half year terms.
Outside court, Ms Fairhead’s father Bart Diaz said he was disappointed with the sentences.
“I don’t believe it was as heavy as it should have been, but the judge understands what he’s doing,” Mr Diaz said.
“The heart-wrenching part is they’ll be out before they’re 30. Peta turns 30 next year.” AAP
Peta Fairhead died after jumping out of a moving car.