Aus father gets life for murdering three sons

Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 13:55

Melbourne: A 41-year-old Australian man
was sentenced to life on Friday for murdering his three young sons
by driving them into a dam on Father`s Day.

Robert Farquharson was under trial for allegedly
killing his three sons - Jai 10, Tyler, 7, and two year old
Bailey in September 2005 to get back at his ex-wife Cindy
Gambino, according to media reports.

Farquharson, who was on an access visit with the boys,
drove his car off the Princes Highway into the deep, dark dam
near Winchelsea in Victoria state`s south-west.

He swam to shore, leaving the boys to drown in the
car.

In Victorian court today, Justice Lex Lasry jailed
Farquharson for life and ordered he serve at least 33 years in
prison before being eligible for parole.

Prosecutors have called for Farquharson to never be
released, arguing he should receive life in prison with no
parole.

But Farquharson`s barrister Peter Morrissey said at a
pre-sentence hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court last month
that his client should be given a minimum term.

"In sentencing him, condemning him to the hopeless
existence of perhaps 35 to 40 years of continuing life in
prison with no hope of release, in my submission and in the
circumstances of this case, is just an inhumane punishment and
is out of proportion," he said.

In 2007, Farquharson was sentenced to life with no
parole for the murders, but the verdict of his original trial
was later overturned on appeal.

During the retrial prosecutor Andrew Tinney said
Farquharson`s resentment and anger toward his ex-wife "drove
him to commit an almost unspeakable act of vengeance".

He said after murdering the children, Farquharson had
the "delicious reward" of telling Gambino about the deaths.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 13:55

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