Read Justice Champion’s sentencing remarks delivered on 6 March 2019

Justice John Champion has sentenced Shane Michael Robertson to 24 years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 19 years, for the murder of Katie Hayley.

“It is well accepted that cases of murder involving family violence strike hard at the integrity of the family. The violent murder of domestic partners has a lifelong, traumatic impact on the people involved, in particular, innocent children who are catapulted into the breakup of their families and the misery of often being deprived of both parents as a consequence.  The response from the courts must be to strongly denounce this type of conduct as completely unacceptable within our community,” Justice Champion said. 

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Published on 08 March 2019