30 Jul 2004 03:37:27
Blaine
"Don Bradman would have been proud of me" says convicted murderer


47 years for cricket bat murder

By Kylie Williams
July 30, 2004

A SYDNEY man has been sentenced to nearly 50
years' jail for beating his neighbour to death with a
cricket bat and then killing the victim's girlfriend.

NSW Supreme Court Acting Justice Thomas Davidson
today sentenced Jerome Marjani Taala, 22, to 47
years' jail with a non-parole period of 38-and-a-half
years for murdering Mark O'Callaghan and Tamika
McKenzie at Sutherland, in Sydney's south, on May
28, 2002.

He pleaded guilty to both murders.

Acting Justice Davidson said Taala and a co-offender
fatally bashed Mr O'Callaghan with a cricket bat
because he had stabbed a drug dealer associate of
the pair.

A few hours later, they then stabbed and beat to
death Mr O'Callaghan's girlfriend because Taala
was worried she would go to police.

The court heard that Taala bragged to a friend about
killing Mr O'Callaghan and numerous neighbours
saw both incidents.

"I hit Mark for a six," Taala had bragged.

"Don Bradman would have been proud of me."

He told another friend, Alicia Hemington, that he
killed Ms McKenzie and made a thinly veiled threat
to do the same to her if she reported him to police.

Taala had been drinking beer and smoking
marijuana for days preceding the attacks and later
claimed he had no memory of either murder.

Acting Justice Davidson described the murders
as cruel and brutal, and said both victims pleaded
for their lives.

"Gratuitous cruelty was involved in respect to each
of them, but more particularly in Ms McKenzie's
death," he said.

He said only Taala's age and his guilty pleas
prevented him from receiving a life sentence.

Taala will be eligible for parole on May 28, 2040.

AAP

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10289990%255E421,00.html




01 Aug 2004 10:00:02
ajc
Re: "Don Bradman would have been proud of me" says convicted murderer

IIRC Bradman didn't like hitting 6s - said it gave the fieldsman more of a
chance to get you out. Hence why he hardly hit any during his career.


"Blaine" <[email protected] > wrote in message
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>
> 47 years for cricket bat murder
>
> By Kylie Williams
> July 30, 2004
>
> A SYDNEY man has been sentenced to nearly 50
> years' jail for beating his neighbour to death with a
> cricket bat and then killing the victim's girlfriend.
>
> NSW Supreme Court Acting Justice Thomas Davidson
> today sentenced Jerome Marjani Taala, 22, to 47
> years' jail with a non-parole period of 38-and-a-half
> years for murdering Mark O'Callaghan and Tamika
> McKenzie at Sutherland, in Sydney's south, on May
> 28, 2002.
>
> He pleaded guilty to both murders.
>
> Acting Justice Davidson said Taala and a co-offender
> fatally bashed Mr O'Callaghan with a cricket bat
> because he had stabbed a drug dealer associate of
> the pair.
>
> A few hours later, they then stabbed and beat to
> death Mr O'Callaghan's girlfriend because Taala
> was worried she would go to police.
>
> The court heard that Taala bragged to a friend about
> killing Mr O'Callaghan and numerous neighbours
> saw both incidents.
>
> "I hit Mark for a six," Taala had bragged.
>
> "Don Bradman would have been proud of me."
>
> He told another friend, Alicia Hemington, that he
> killed Ms McKenzie and made a thinly veiled threat
> to do the same to her if she reported him to police.
>
> Taala had been drinking beer and smoking
> marijuana for days preceding the attacks and later
> claimed he had no memory of either murder.
>
> Acting Justice Davidson described the murders
> as cruel and brutal, and said both victims pleaded
> for their lives.
>
> "Gratuitous cruelty was involved in respect to each
> of them, but more particularly in Ms McKenzie's
> death," he said.
>
> He said only Taala's age and his guilty pleas
> prevented him from receiving a life sentence.
>
> Taala will be eligible for parole on May 28, 2040.
>
> AAP
>
> http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10289990%255E421,00.html
>
>