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Vernon Silich is led away by police at the time of his arrest.

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A Nollamara man who kicked his parents to death while drunk has had an appeal on his double murder conviction quashed and instead has been handed a longer jail term.

Vernon Robert Silich was found guilty by a Perth Supreme Court jury in April 2010 of wilfully murdering his parents, Faye Lorraine Silich and Robert George Silich, while they were asleep in their Yokine home in April, 2008.

Justice John McKechnie initially imposed a life prison term on Silich, but set a minimum term of 15 years.

Silich had appealed against this conviction, while the state launched a cross-appeal over his sentence, saying it was too lenient for a double murder.

The Court of Appeal today dismissed Silich’s application and instead allowed the state’s cross-appeal, extending his minimum prison term by four years, taking the sentence to 19 years.

On the night in question, Silich, who worked as a taxi driver, went to his parents’ home where he drank a considerable amount of beer and some whiskey. He admitted to smoking three extra-sized joints of cannabis and being “very drunk” on the night in question.

During sentencing, Justice McKechnie said it was not known exactly what time he murdered his parents, but said Silich had “kicked each of them into unconsciousness, and then to death”.

Both were kicked to the upper body and head, with the judge noting they were “not random kicks, but were directed in a manner that would cause death” with his steel-capped boots.

Silich’s lawyer Tom Percy, QC had previously claimed his client was sleepwalking when he carried out the brutal attack.

“His recollection of the event is almost non-existent,” Mr Percy said, adding Silich had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter at a previous hearing.

“The moments leading up to the event will forever remain a mystery.”

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