Expat teen murderer gets 35 years in jail

Published:  19 Apr at 9 AM
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As reported by the Daily Mail, a British man who killed a girl who turned down his romantic advances has been sentenced to at least 35 years in jail after he killed her and her parents to death at their home.

Prosecutors claimed that he left his victims’ bodies in their blood stained home after stabbing them about 112 times. Jason Alexander Downie, who is originally from Scotland, moved to Australia with his mom in 2006, has pleaded guilty to stabbing Chantelle Rowe, 16, and her parents Rose and Andrew in the Australian town of Kapunda back in November 2010.

Supreme Court Justice John Sulan announced that Downie, who was 18 at the time of the murder, had been sexually fixated with Chantelle and envious of her boyfriend—who was also his friend. He broke into the girl’s family home, killed her father, then her mother, before raping Chantelle and stabbing her to death. She was stabbed over 33 times, Rose more than 50 times, and Andrew at least 29 times.

Mr Greg Mead, Downie's lawyer, said that his client could not remember everything that had occurred. He told the court that Downie had not intended to murder anyone. His intention was to challenge Chantelle's boyfriend in the false belief that he was there with her. Prosecutors said the girl had tolerated Downie's unwanted attitude since he was friends with the boyfriend, whose child she was expecting.
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