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December 19, 2008

Man Says Sentence for Murdering Mother 'Inadequate'. (NSW, Australia)

Man says sentence for murdering mother 'inadequate'

BeBy Bellinda Kontominas

DeDecember 19, 2008

 A man who has been jailed for 23 years for the stabbing murder of his mother on the NSW south coast has dismissed the sentence as "manifestly inadequate".

- Mum's murder: guilty plea
- Would 'do the same again'
- Own sentence 'inadequate'


Adam Patrick Owens, 35, of Cremorne, had pleaded guilty to the murder of Doris Owens, 69, and earlier this month admitted to the court he would "do the same again".

For over two years the former political advisor strenuously denied stabbing his mother in the chest at her south coast holiday home in September 2006, despite being publicly accused of the crime by his half brother.

During sentencing submissions in the Supreme Court earlier this month, Owens told the court he was aware of his actions while stabbing his mother seven times after she told him he was "useless" and had missed out on a job offer because he was "doing it all wrong".

"I knew exactly what I was doing. My intention was to kill her and anything else is incorrect," Owens told the court.

Mental notes suggested that Owens had a "narcissistic personality disorder" and suffered depression, but justice McCallum found these were not mitigating factors in the crime.

After Justice McCallum had sentenced him to a maximum of 23 years in jail with a non-parole period of 17 years, Owens stood and shouted "manifestly inadequate" before being taken away by court security. He will be eligible for parole in March 2024.

Abridged

SOURCE:   The Age


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