A Victorian man who shot dead his father and uncle without
explanation has been jailed for 34 years for a crime
seemingly without motive.
Ross James Streeter, 31, murdered his father Doug and uncle
John Streeter at their sheep farm in Natte Yallock in March
Both men, aged in their 60s, were found by Streeter's mother.
Despite pleading guilty, Streeter said he could not remember
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry described the case
as extraordinary, with no motive nor explanation for the
"Your actions are entirely unexplained by you," he told
"In many senses, the horror of your crimes lies in the lack
Streeter, of Bendigo, stood emotionless as he was jailed for
34 years with a minimum 25 years on Wednesday.
Two psychiatrists failed to find Streeter was suffering any
He told one he was "massively" perplexed about the killings
and it was not for any financial gain.
The court heard Streeter was close to his father, who was
diagnosed with motor neurone disease which had been expected
to take his life.
His relationship with his uncle was more difficult but it was
never violent and no one was ever concerned about it.
He was also set to share in one third of the farm with his
father and uncle, without having to pay anything.
Justice Lasry was dubious about Streeter's claimed memory
loss, describing his actions as deliberate, calculated and
He said Streeter brought in a farmhand on the day of the
killings to establish an alibi for himself.
Streeter told the farmhand he had "bopped" his uncle and not
to tell anyone, giving him a version of events to tell police
and offering him $20,000.
Streeter tried to hide his involvement for two days following
the killings, initially lying to police.
He then made a serious attempt on his own life and admitted
to another uncle he was behind the murders.
Justice Lasry said although Streeter maintained he could not
remember the crimes, he had accepted responsibility and felt
The judge said the events were a tragedy for him, his family
and even the rural town in which they live.
"There is an air of desperate disbelief that you could have
done what you did," he said.
"The effect of what you've done will be lifelong not only for
you but for them."