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Australia Darwin murderer has life sentence appeal dismissed

22:36  11 october  2019
22:36  11 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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a close up of a boy: Carlie Sinclair was murdered by her de facto partner in 2013. © 9News Carlie Sinclair was murdered by her de facto partner in 2013.

In a bid to have his life sentence thrown out, lawyers claimed an operation where officers pose as crime members - a tactic known as "Mr Big" - was "oppressive" police conduct that shouldn't have been used.

Today, that argument was dismissed by the Darwin Supreme Court

a car parked in a grassy area: Deacon buried Carlie in a grave he had prepared 20 days earlier. © 9News Deacon buried Carlie in a grave he had prepared 20 days earlier. Ms Sinclair's brother Kris told 9News exclusively about his family's collective grief.

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"I've already thanked her (Carlie). I think she's had part to do with it, so she'd be wrapped."

Details of the operation have been suppressed until today.

a man wearing a blue shirt: Danny Deacon lost his appeal against his life sentence. © 9News Danny Deacon lost his appeal against his life sentence.

Deacon's confession in a Perth hotel room was the culmination of hundreds of hours of undercover police interactions, which included a contrived criminal gang Deacon thought he was becoming a part of.

Now, his only remaining avenue of appeal now is the High Court of Australia.

Outside court today his defence lawyer, Peter Maley, wouldn't say whether his client would take that final appeal avenue.

"We've just got the decision. We'll read it. We'll look at it. We'll take instructions and we'll make a decision," he said.

a boy standing in front of a window: Deacon confessed to the murder when he thought he was becoming a member of a gang. © 9News Deacon confessed to the murder when he thought he was becoming a member of a gang.

But Ms Sinclair's brother said their family are hopeful they wouldn't have to go through it.

"There's a number of hurdles he has to jump, which I don't think it'll even get that far," he added.

"So, I'm comfortable now we're at the end."

The prosecution's appeal of the 21-and-a-half-year non-parole period, which they argued is "manifestly inadequate", was also rejected today.

"I think having the appeal dismissed kind of overshadows the extension of the non-parole period that we were going for," Mr Sinclair said.

Deacon will be eligible for parole in 2036.

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