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A Melbourne man who murdered his two young daughters by smothering them with a pillow has been sentenced to life in jail.

Charles Mihayo, 36, smothered his daughters Savannah, 4, and Indianna, 3, at his unit at Watsonia in April.

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He pleaded guilty to the killings in August and was today sentenced in the Supreme Court to a minimum of 31 years in jail.

Prosecutors said Mihayo was locked in a bitter custodial dispute with the girls’ mother, his former wife, at the time and had acted out of revenge.

The court heard Mihayo sent a text message to his former wife shortly before he killed them suggesting she had “won”, and he was giving up his rights to see the girls.

He told her he wanted to see them “one last time” and when she took them to see him, he dressed the girls up in new dresses he had bought for them.

He then filmed them dancing to music, before smothering them with pillows.

After killing them, Mihayo bathed them, then redressed them in ballerina dresses.

He then phoned triple-0 to report a double murder and when police arrive he said: “It’s done, I’ve killed them. I’ve killed my kids.”

Mihayo was arrested at the scene and confessed to police, telling them “there was no good reason” for the killings but it “made sense at the time”.

When police asked why he had killed his daughters, he told them “you’d have to ask her”, meaning his ex-wife.

In sentencing, Victorian Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry said the conflict with his wife had inexplicably motivated his “hideous crimes”.

“I simply do not understand why, when the continuing argument was between you and your ex-wife about these children, you made them pay with their lives in order to inflict pain and loss on your ex-wife,” he said.

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Justice Lasry said Mihayo had given into the “basest of instincts”.

“You decided to demonstrate to your ex-wife that she did not have the control over the children and their relationship with you that she thought she had,” he said.

The judge said while Mihayo had taken responsibility for what he had done, he did not seem to regret it.

“I am not at all sure that you have a genuine sense or desire to amend the sin or wrongdoing such as to enable me to conclude you are remorseful,” he said.

“You do not appear to me to be crushed or broken in spirit by your wrongdoing.”

Family ‘can finally start healing process’

The girls’ family issued a statement after the sentence was handed down.

“There is no adequate punishment or jail sentence for filicide,” the statement said.

“Forever missed, loved and never forgotten.

“We would like to take this opportunity to firstly thank our family and friends for their ongoing support and the community for their thoughts and prayers during this devastating time.

“We ask the media to please respect our privacy so we can finally start the grieving and healing process.”

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A doctor has been charged with the murder of her husband, also a doctor, in the WA Mid West city of Geraldton.

The body of 34-year-old Dinendra Athukorala was found inside a home in Shenton Street three days ago.

Chamari Rasika Denuwanthe Gunathilaka Liyanage, 34, appeared in court in Geraldton today charged with her husband’s murder.

No plea has been entered and she did not apply for bail.

Police were called to the unit on Tuesday, following reports of a domestic incident, and found the doctor’s body inside.

The WA Country Health Service said Dr Dinendra Athukorala had worked at the Geraldton Hospital as a resident medical officer for the last year.

The service’s Margaret Denton said he was a valued member of the team and hospital staff were deeply shocked by his death.

Police say Dr Athukorala’s family in Sri Lanka had been notified of his death and consular officials were offering them assistance.

Mrs Athukorala is set to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate via video link court in Perth on July 16.

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An internationally renowned health economist was struck at least 13 times in the head with a hammer when he was killed in Tasmania in 2012.

Western Australian academics Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner Dr Delys Weston died from catastrophic blows to the head at their rural property south of Hobart.

Dr Weston’s son Nicolau Francisco Soares, 29, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the couple on the grounds he was insane at the time.

Forensic pathologist Dr Christopher Lawrence has told the Tasmanian Supreme Court Prof Mooney’s injuries were probably caused by a combination of blows from a claw hammer and a blockbuster.

“There appeared to be at least 13 separate impacts to the head,” Dr Lawrence said.

A single blockbuster blow, or several with the hammer, to the back of the head that caused a massive skull fracture and vertebra damage would have been enough to cause death, he said.

Dr Weston received at least eight blows, one damaging the brain stem and probably causing her death.

The jury was shown graphic photos, CT scan images and diagrams produced during Dr Lawrence’s post mortem.

A chilling police walk-through video of the crime scene, at Mountain River 30km south of Hobart, showed two bodies slumped in the house’s TV room where a blood-stained blockbuster and broken hammer are seen on the floor.

A mental health report tabled from WA, where Soares lived, indicated he had been involuntarily admitted for treatment three times between 2008 and 2010.

He remained a client of the service in 2012 and had been warned to organise medication that had run out, the report said.

Professor Mooney had commented on Soares’s health to the service in a phone conversation from Tasmania.

“It’s a rather mixed bag,” he said.

An Australian Defence Force report showed Soares had twice applied to join the army, the second time just a month before the killings in December 2012.

He did not reach the required score in an aptitude test, the report said.

Soares moved from Perth to Tasmania in the weeks before the deaths to live with his mother and her partner.

The couple had bought the property the year before.

Prof Mooney had been the head of health economics at Curtin University and also held positions in Sydney, Hobart, South Africa and Denmark.

Dr Weston specialised in the political economy of global warming and held university positions in South Africa and Tasmania.

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Protest against police … Indian villagers gather around the bodies of two teenage sisters hanging from a tree in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, India. Photo: AP

Lucknow, India: Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers on Friday for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree.

One of the father’s of the victims told the BBC that he was ridiculed by police when he went to report his daughter and her cousin missing.

But in a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual violence, the firings also came as the state’s top official mocked journalists for asking about the attack.

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“Aren’t you safe? You’re not facing any danger, are you?” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow, the state capital. “Then why are you worried? What’s it to you?”

The gang-rape, with video of the girls’ corpses hanging from a mango tree and swaying gently in a breeze, was the top story on Friday on India’s relentless 24-hour news stations.

But in just the past few days, Uttar Pradesh has also seen the mother of a rape victim brutally attacked and a 17-year-old girl gang-raped by four men.

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Members of a university students’ union shout slogans during a protest against the gang-rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi. Photo: AP

Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state, with nearly 200 million people.

Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. But activists say that number is very low, since women are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assaults.

Indian police and politicians, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2013 gang-rape and murder of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage over the treatment of women.

On Friday, the state’s former chief minister lashed out at the ruling government.

“There is no law and order in the state,” said Mayawati, who uses only one name. “It is the law of the jungle.”

Hours later, the chief minister ordered that suspects in the attack be tried in special “fast track” courts, to get around India’s notoriously slow judicial system.

The girls, who were 14 and 15, were raped in the tiny village of Katra, about 300 kilometres from Lucknow.

Police say they disappeared on Tuesday night after going into fields near their home to relieve themselves, since their house has no toilet.

The father of one girl went to police that night to report them missing, but he said they refused to help.

When the bodies were discovered the next day, angry villagers silently protested the police inaction by refusing to allow the bodies to be cut down from the tree.

The villagers allowed authorities to take down the corpses after the first arrests were made on Wednesday. Police arrested two police officers and two men from the village, and were searching for three more suspects.

The girls were Dalits, from the community once known as “untouchables” in India’s ancient caste system. The fired policemen and the men accused in the attack are Yadavs, a low-caste community that dominates that part of Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister is from the same caste.

On Thursday, officials suspended two local police officers for ignoring the father’s pleas for help. They were fired on Friday.

Top state official Anil Kumar Gupta said the two policemen had been charged with criminal conspiracy for refusing to file a complaint or take any action.

Meanwhile, the chief minister’s mocking comments to reporters were not a surprise to many in India.

Last month, Yadav’s father — a former chief minister and head of the state’s ruling party — told an election rally that the party opposed a law calling for gang-rapists to be executed.

“Boys will be boys,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said. “They make mistakes.”

Kavita Krishnan, a women’s rights activist, said such comments make clear to police that rape isn’t taken seriously by officials.

She called the chief minister’s Friday comments “a trivialisation of rape.”

While sexual assaults are reported across India, there have been a string of high-profile attacks in just the past few days in Uttar Pradesh.

On Thursday, police arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her complaint.

The attack, in the town of Etawah, followed the May 11 rape of the woman’s teenage daughter. A local man was arrested after the mother filed a complaint with authorities.

Five men — including the father, a brother and a cousin of the man accused in the rape — followed the victim’s mother away from her house on Monday and beat her relentlessly, demanding she drop the accusation, said Dinesh Kumar, the town’s police superintendent.

The mother was in critical condition in a hospital, with numerous broken bones and internal injuries.

Police arrested three men on Thursday for the attack and were looking for two others.

On Wednesday, a 17-year-old woman was attacked in a field and raped by four men in southwestern Uttar Pradesh, police said. One man has been arrested.

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BUSH KNIFE USED BY TEENAGE GIRL TO BEHEAD HER FATHER

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Papua New Guinea: An 18-year-old girl beheaded her father with a bush knife after he repeatedly raped her at their home in Papua New Guinea. According to local media reports, the teenager chopped off her father’s head in their village in the Western Highlands.

A local newspaper reported that community leaders are protecting the girl, saying the man deserved to die. The report cited a pastor as saying the 40-year-old father had three other children and raped his daughter when they were alone in the house when the mother and the other siblings visited relatives.

Pastor Luca Kumi was quoted in a report, saying that the father wanted to rape his daughter again in the morning inside the house and that was when the young girl picked up the bush knife and chopped his head off. The community leaders are refusing to hand the girl over to police.

The Pastor said that the girl did what she did because of the trauma and the evil actions of her father, so that is why the community does not want to take any action against her. Violent crime and witchcraft is rife in Papua New Guinea.

Recently last month, the government voted to revive the death penalty in a bid to deter offenders after a series of high-profile grisly incidents. Brutality against women, including domestic violence and rape, is also endemic in the country.

Local media reported that child prostitution is on the rise, particularly in the capital Port Moresby, where many new nightclubs have sprung up and young girls are increasingly being forced into the sex trade.

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UGANDAN COURT GIVES GIRL A TOKEN 6 HRS IN JAIL FOR KILLING HER FATHER

A Ugandan court has given a symbolic six-hour jail term to a teenage girl who killed her rapist father in a case that has drawn a wave of public sympathy.  The 18-year-old girl, who is now pregnant after repeated attacks, had confessed to killing her father with a knife and machete, Peter Mugisha, a prosecutor in the case, told AFP on Friday.  "Because she pleaded guilty and said she acted in self-defence, the judge sentenced her to six hours in jail and by close of the business day she was out of jail," he said.  According to the state-owned New Vision newspaper, the girl had "lost count" of the number of times her 58-year-old father had attacked her since she turned 13. Pleas for help to her mother and local police were ignored. Advertisement  "To add insult to an injury, she said the deceased had vowed to father more children with her as he had done with her two elder sisters," the paper said. "In total the deceased fathered five children with his daughters."  The case, which was heard earlier this week in a court in Masaka, central Uganda, has captured national attention and prompted a wave of support for the girl.  Ugandan MP and prominent lawyer Crispus Ayena Odongo said the case was an important landmark in efforts to protect women from sexual violence.  "The court did a good thing. This is the first of its kind and the case is going to make a precedent," he said, adding that he believed the state would not appeal the decision because of the public sentiment supporting the girl.  Renowned Ugandan women's rights activist and former minister in charge of ethics, Miria Matembe, nevertheless asserted that the girl should not have been jailed at all.  "This case marks a dark moment in our history," she said, calling for rapists to be castrated.  Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a conservative Christian, has previously spoken out in favour of imposing the death penalty for rape and incest.  Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/world/ugandan-gets-sixhours-jail-for-murder-20130914-2tr00.html#ixzz2eqLhNoc6South Africa Mine Violence

A Ugandan court has given a symbolic six-hour jail term to a teenage girl who killed her rapist father in a case that has drawn a wave of public sympathy.

The 18-year-old girl, who is now pregnant after repeated attacks, had confessed to killing her father with a knife and machete, Peter Mugisha, a prosecutor in the case, told AFP on Friday.

“Because she pleaded guilty and said she acted in self-defence, the judge sentenced her to six hours in jail and by close of the business day she was out of jail,” he said.

According to the state-owned New Vision newspaper, the girl had “lost count” of the number of times her 58-year-old father had attacked her since she turned 13. Pleas for help to her mother and local police were ignored.

“To add insult to an injury, she said the deceased had vowed to father more children with her as he had done with her two elder sisters,” the paper said. “In total the deceased fathered five children with his daughters.”

The case, which was heard earlier this week in a court in Masaka, central Uganda, has captured national attention and prompted a wave of support for the girl.

Ugandan MP and prominent lawyer Crispus Ayena Odongo said the case was an important landmark in efforts to protect women from sexual violence.

“The court did a good thing. This is the first of its kind and the case is going to make a precedent,” he said, adding that he believed the state would not appeal the decision because of the public sentiment supporting the girl.

Renowned Ugandan women’s rights activist and former minister in charge of ethics, Miria Matembe, nevertheless asserted that the girl should not have been jailed at all.

“This case marks a dark moment in our history,” she said, calling for rapists to be castrated.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a conservative Christian, has previously spoken out in favour of imposing the death penalty for rape and incest

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MENTAL RETARD ANTHONY WATERLOW KILLS HIS FATHER & SISTER

A mentally ill man who stabbed his father and sister to death in their Sydney home was never deemed sick enough to be detained despite years of bizarre and threatening behaviour, an inquest has heard.

Anthony Waterlow killed his 68-year-old father, well-known art curator Nick Waterlow, and his sister Chloe Heuston, 36, at their Randwick home in Sydney 2009.

In 2011, he was found not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court of their murders by reason of mental illness.
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An inquest at Sydney’s Glebe Coroner’s Court heard on Monday that health professionals never detained Anthony under the Mental Health Act (MHA) despite years of “bizarre and often threatening” behaviour.

“At no time … was he judged to come within the test requiring him to be scheduled under the MHA,” counsel assisting the Coroner, Peggy Dwyer, said in her opening address.

She said a major issue at the inquest would be whether Anthony should have been sectioned under the act.

The inquest heard that Anthony, who sometimes spells his name Antony, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and believed his family was part of a plan targeting him.

It was also told that Anthony had for years suffered delusions and thought neighbours were “tormenting him”.

At one time in 2004, the inquest heard Anthony had claimed to hear neighbours talking about him and blowing smoke in his room and had thought he was being filmed and recorded.
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On another occasion, he was observed making a stabbing motion towards a neighbour’s property.

Ms Dwyer said the deaths of Nick and Chloe had “left a terrible hole” in the Waterlow family.

“They remain devastated and grief stricken by their deaths,” she said.

“They are also confounded as to how this would happen to a loving, gifted family, who had tried so hard to get Anthony help for may years.”

The inquest continues before deputy state coroner Paul Macmahon
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CHINESE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY HAS SON KILLING MOTHER FOR MONEY

Money drove a young Mount Hawthorn man to kill his mother and go to elaborate lengths to pretend she was still alive, prosecutors alleged during the man’s judge-only murder trial.

Brent Donald Mack’s 56-year-old mother Ah Bee Mack, a Chinese-Australian woman who preferred to go by the name Pauline, was last seen alive in September 2008.

A tragic series of events leading to Mrs Mack’s disappearance was sparked by her wealthy husband’s death in August 2008, the Supreme Court of Western Australia heard on Tuesday.
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Donald Mack was a drinker and a controlling man who rarely let his wife out of the house, according to the witness statement of Mrs Mack’s brother.

After his death Mrs Mack had almost no friends, rarely socialised and was living with her son Brent, who her sister-in-law described as “funny” and someone who “kept to himself”.

Mrs Mack’s brother and sister-in-law had grown concerned when they had not heard from Mrs Mack for over a year and started receiving odd messages from her son.

The pair tried to visit Mrs Mack in July 2010 and found a new gate had gone up on her Fairview Street home, and the garden she was once proud of had become overgrown.

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They then received a suspicious card purporting to be from Mrs Mack in August 2010.

The handwriting on the card was not Mrs Macks’ and it had been signed in the birth name she never used.

They finally reported her missing, but her body has never been found.

The following month her son Brett Mack, who suffers a form of autism, was charged with his mother’s murder.
Mrs Mack had a second son, Adrian Mack.

When Adrian started asking questions about where his mother was between September 2010 and February 2011 his brother told him she was a “psycho who was being looked after by a man”, living near Dianella.

An elaborate web of lies spanning four years points to her son’s guilt, state prosecutor Dave Dempster told the court.

“He has gone through an elaborate exercise to try to convince relatives she was alive,” Mr Dempster said.

The accused claims he found his mother in the shower with self-inflicted wounds in December 2008 and promised to keep the dark secret for her in her dying moments, the court heard.

The court is expected to hear evidence of a July 2012 police interview where Mr Mack claims he left his mother in the bathroom with the water running for a week before disposing of her body, Mr Dempster said.
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“Leaving his bleeding mother in the shower for a week with the tap running simply does not make any sense,” Mr Dempster said.

Mr Dempster alleged the murder was motivated by Donald Mack’s cash, and lucrative property portfolio.

Mr Mack went on to falsify his mother’s signature and access more than $200,000 from her bank accounts before his arrest, according to the prosecution case.

The trial is expected to run for two days.

MAX Sica has been sentenced to life behind bars & a non-parole period of 35 years – the longest term ever ordered in Queensland – for the brutal murder of the Singh siblings in Brisbane.

Sica was today sentenced to the record term after he was earlier this week convicted of the horrific triple murders.

Justice Byrne ordered that Sica serve the extraordinary term after the defence counsel submitted a sentence of 20 to 30 years and the prosecution sought a 45-year non-parole period. That would have meant Sica would have been would have been 83 when eligible for parole.

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The Crown was using the sentence imposed on South Australian triple murderer Jason Downie as an example.Downie was given a non-parole period of 35 years, which would have been 42 years if he had not pleaded guilty.Downie was 18 when he killed 16-year-old Chantelle Rowe and her parents in a brutal knife attack after breaking into their home in the South Australian town of Kapunda in November 2010.Before he passed sentence today, Justice Byrne said he was being asked by the prosecution to hand down a sentence 50 per cent greater than the longest sentence ever given by a Queensland judge.Sica’s barrister Sam Di Carlo asked for a sentence between 20 and 30 years for his client.Di Carlo says the Singh murders were not in the “worst category” because both Kunal and Sidhi were killed in their beds while asleep and did not experience the horror of other notoriously brutal murders committed in Queensland

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“I still cook for them, change, wash and iron their clothes,” she wrote.

“I light a candle every night in the spa so they don’t have to sleep in the dark.

“I was forced to sit down and wait for my children to be cremated.

“People tried to comfort me but I pushed them all away.

“I didn’t even want anyone touching me.”

Outside court, Sica’s father Carlos said his son was innocent.

“If I believed that my son had been capable of that (triple murder), I would say to the judge, ‘give 100 years’,” he told reporters.


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But Justice Byrne interrupted, saying it was not known how much terror the children experienced.

“The lives of an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old meant nothing to him,” he said.

“Why is it not in the worst category?”

“It’s certainly a horrific murder,” Di Carlo conceded.

Heart-wrenching victim impact statements from three members of the Singh family were read out in court today.

Jurors have been reduced to tears as Shirley Singh’s statement was read aloud by a member of the prosecution team.

Mrs Singh has told how she tried to take her own life on several occasions and ended up searching cemeteries for their graves in the middle of the night, drunk and affected by Stilnox


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He then read from a prepared statement, saying an appeal would commence immediately.”I have spoken to Max, and while I’m stunned by the decision, we maintain he’s absolutely innocent,” he said.

“We will continue to defend those charges at appeal (and) we will also fight the remaining charge,” he added, referring to an unrelated charge of rape against Sica.

Mr Sica broke down as he continued to read from the statement, saying his son’s priority was to his family and in particular his mother.

It was the same statement released by Sica’s wife earlier that day.

Sica’s mother Anna, who erupted in an emotional outburst outside court after Tuesday’s verdict, remained in a cafe in the court complex.

Massimo “Max” Sica, 42, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing his former girlfriend Neelma Singh, 24, and her siblings Kunal,18, and Sidhi, 12, in April 2003.


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The trio were found dead in an overflowing hot spa at their parent’s Bridgeman Downs home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

After a 77-day criminal trial – the longest in Queensland legal history – a Supreme Court jury deliberated almost four days before finding the Crown’s strong circumstantial case was sufficient to find married father-of-two daughters had ended the three siblings’ lives.

Criminal lawyer Peter Saggers, shortly after the verdict, said his client, Sica, was “obviously disappointed” about the jury’s decision and would most likely appeal the verdicts.

“We’ve got a month (in which to lodge any) appeal,” he said.

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Under a Queensland law, a person convicted of multiple murders receives a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Sica went to the Singh family’s home late on the night of April 20, 2003, to talk with Neelma and possibly have a prayer meeting about his alleged brain tumour.

No calls were made or answered from the Singh house – mobile or landline – after 11.10pm on April 20 and each of the trio were dressed for bed which indicated they were killed before getting dressed on the Monday morning.

For some reason – perhaps out of jealously or rejection – in a rage Sica strangled Neelma, the Crown said.

It is believed Sica – fearing Kunal and Sidhi could identify him as Neelma’s killer – got a garden fork and attacked them.

Sidhi was beaten to death probably in her bed. Kunal was knocked unconscious, also probably in his bed.

The dead bodies of Neelma and Sidhi were dumped into a running spa and Kunal was also placed in the spa where he drowned.

Sica then used bleach and other materials to clean the murder scene and wash away DNA, but left his sock print in the freshly cleaned area.

Sica lied about being home on the night of the murders and also lied about the time he arrived at the Singh home when he discovered the bodies.

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No one else was expected at the Singh house that night and items missing from Singh house were of sentimental value about Neelma including a pendant Sica had given her.

When Sica had called police saying there were three bodies in the spa. First officers on the scene could see only two bodies.

The parents of the Singh siblings, Vijay and Shirley, are present in court for the hearing, so too are Sica’s mother and father, Anamaria and Carlo.

The hearing before Justice John Byrne continues.

After sentencing today, Sica will be transferred to the Brisbane Correctional Centre for another mental health assessment, as per Queensland Corrective Services procedure.

Previously he was on remand at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, but after sentencing, stricter conditions will apply such as fewer personal visits and phone calls.
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A twisted version of the saying ‘Indulging in pleasures of the flesh’

Details of a purported Brazilian cannibal gang that allegedly murdered at least five women before eating their flesh – and in some cases selling it in the form of meat pastries – have shaken the country.

Details of the incident began to trickle out after the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo released a video on its website at the weekend.

In the video Isabel Cristina da Silva, 51, said she and her husband and his 25-year-old girlfriend had eaten 10 kilograms of human flesh over the course of five days in the city of Garanhuns.


The procedure was part of a purification ritual for a sect to which they belonged, identified as Cartel.

The trio also apparently took some of the meat and cooked it into meat pastries which they sold on the street.

Investigators, who tracked the group down in the course of a missing persons case, said they had found buried human remains on the property where the three lived. The group was arrested on Friday.

The five-year-old daughter of one of the alleged victims was also found at the home, according to media reports.

Da Silva’s husband has reportedly written a book, Revelations of a Schizophrenic, in which he details how he kills a woman and eats her flesh.

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