Father and son each jailed for more than 30 years over revenge killing
The 17-year-old feminine offender was standing on the door and suffered superficial cuts in consequence. She referred to as John Evans, Keith’s father.
The trio then obtained right into a white Mitsubishi Triton ute and drove at velocity to the situation the place they anticipated to search out Mr Rodgers and his associates, earlier than the 2 teams organized to satisfy at a park for a struggle.
Mr Rodgers instructed the courtroom that his intention was to bash Keith Evans “the same way he did me, use weapons on him”, Justice Ierace stated.
What he might not have anticipated was for Evans to come back to the struggle with a shotgun.
After numerous pictures had been fired within the path of the Toyota Kluger SUV carrying Mr Rodgers’ associates, they took off, driving by means of largely residential streets at speeds of as much as 140 kilometres per hour with the Triton in pursuit.
When the automobiles finally got here to a cease, Evans took the shotgun and aimed it on the driver of the Kluger, earlier than turning and firing it as a substitute into the again seat the place it killed Mr Thompson.
John and Keith Evans and the 17-year-old lady had been tried collectively, with a jury discovering all three responsible of Mr Thompson’s homicide on January 19.
In his sentencing remarks, Justice Ierace stated he discovered Keith Evans, his father, and the lady had all “intended that one or more of the Kluger occupants would be killed”.
He stated Mr Thompson and the opposite two males within the again seat of the Toyota “had done nothing to offend any of the three offenders” on the time they had been threatened with the shotgun.
At the time Evans discharged the deadly shot “the occupants of the Kluger were vulnerable”, he stated.
While Keith Evans fired the shot, Justice Ierace concluded that “there was a hierarchical structure” to their joint legal enterprise “and that John Evans was its leader”.
He stated John Evans “perceived himself to be the primary decision-maker” and it was an “appalling failure of him as a parent that, in my view, contributes to the objective seriousness of the offence”.
Keith Evans can be eligible for parole in 2038, his father in 2040, and the younger lady in 2028.
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