An Australian "toy boy" convicted of murdering his Kiwi
ex-girlfriend screamed "I've killed her ... I finally killed"
after he drunkenly beat her to death, a court document has
Adam John Kennedy, 26, was sentenced in the New South Wales
Supreme Court last month to at least 17 years in prison for
the murder of former Hawkes Bay woman Debara Martin.
Ms Martin, 43, was found dead at a house in northern New
South Wales on May 4, 2012.
The chef and mother-of-two had moved to Australia, where she
worked as a kitchen hand and was recovering from breast
cancer, two years before her death.
She had met Kennedy, who a friend had described as her "toy
boy", while she was a sex worker, but the couple had recently
split before her death.
Justice Geoffrey Bellew's judgment, released this week, has
revealed Kennedy screamed about killing Ms Martin on the
night he beat her to death.
He arrived at his brother Luke's house about 11.30pm on May
3, 2012, and awoke his brother and a friend by yelling and
knocking at the door.
"I've killed her ... I finally killed," he screamed,
according to his brother.
Justice Bellew's judgment noted that in the months leading up
to her death, Ms Martin told friends and family Kennedy had
held a knife to her throat and hit her.
Police were told Ms Martin had suffered a black eye and
swollen face but could not be convinced to report him.
The court heard the arguments between the couple centred on
Ms Martin's decision to go back to being a sex worker.
On the night of the murder, a friend of the killer's brother,
Brendan Ware, said he was so frightened of Kennedy's "drunken
rampage mumbles" that he hid in a nearby paddock for several
Brother Luke Kennedy told police that on the scale of one to
10, his brother was drunk at a level of 11. He said his
brother had asked him to help him dispose of Ms Martin's body
but he had refused.
He went to police and reported the murder. Kennedy was later
arrested driving drunk.
During his police interview, Kennedy told officers he had
reacted to Ms Martin telling him to "get out of the house
before I f***ing stab you".
After bashing Ms Martin, Kennedy phoned his father and said
he had done something "really, really stupid".
The court heard he had intended to take her to hospital but
when he reached the turn-off he became "overwhelmed with the
prospect of being arrested".
Kennedy will be eligible for parole in June 2031.
- Jessica Grewaladditional reporting APNZ