Decade in jail for Peta’s killers

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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.

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