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Australia Joondalup courthouse 'commando' knife killer Paul Turner jailed for life for stabbing ex-partner

06:50  15 october  2019
06:50  15 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Paul Gary Turner used his training in commando knife skills to "deliberately and intentionally" stab his former partner and mother of his children to death inside a The court was told years earlier Turner had undergone training in " commando knife skills", which included being taught how to kill people by

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A man who used his commando training to stab his former partner to death in an act of "outrageous violence" inside a Perth court complex has been sentenced to life in jail with a 24-year minimum.

Paul Gary Turner, 43, was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury of murdering the 33-year-old mother of his two children, Sarah Thomas, during a mediation hearing at the Joondalup courthouse in December 2016.

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Paul Gary Turner , 43, is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of deliberately and intentionally fatally stabbing 33-year-old Sarah Thomas inside the Joondalup court complex in December 2016. He testified he remembered a detective then telling him he had been arrested for stabbing someone, but

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The hearing was to discuss a claim by Turner that Ms Thomas owed him about $2,000.

He stabbed her through the throat with a knife he had smuggled into the meeting, when she told him she would not give him any money.

Prosecutors said Turner specifically chose a public location to carry out his act for maximum impact.

"It was quite outrageous violence in a public place by a person who took the opportunity to make a public statement," prosecutor James Mactaggart said.

The events played out in front of a court officer who was mediating the hearing, when he went to open the door.

It left the man traumatised and he has been unable to work since.

The events before and after were recorded by CCTV cameras and show Turner waiting to go inside the meeting and then walking out and slumping to the floor in the aftermath.

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Dad who fatally stabbed ex - partner in court jailed for 24 years. WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: A father who fatally stabbed his ex - partner using lethal commando Paul Gary Turner , 43, stabbed 33-year-old Sarah Marie Thomas six times, including three times in her neck, at Joondalup Justice

Paul Turner is accused of stabbing his ex - partner Sarah Thomas to death. Mr Turner denied intentionally taking a knife to the court complex, pointing out to prosecutor CCTV captured Paul Turner in a waiting room at the Joondalup court complex before a meeting with his former partner.

Ms Thomas suffered six wounds, including a fatal stab to the neck that severed her carotid artery.

The court was told years earlier Turner had undergone training in "commando knife skills", which included being taught how to kill people by targeting their major arteries.

He denied responsibility for the crime, claiming a workplace injury the year before led to him suffering seizures that left with him "gaps in time in his consciousness" where he did things he could not remember.

He said the only memories he had of events on that day were being at his home with his children and then being in the Joondalup Police Station with his hands covered in blood.

Relationship breakdown turned deadly

The jury was given the option of delivering a verdict that Turner was not of sound mind at the time of the stabbing, but it rejected his defence and found him guilty of murder.

The court was told the couple had been in a relationship for eight years and had two children, but it ended in August 2016 and there were then disagreements about custody arrangements.

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Paul Gary Turner , 43, allegedly smuggled a kitchen knife into a mediation session with Sarah Marie Thomas at Joondalup Justice Complex in Court heard one of the stabs cut the woman's carotid artery, killing her. Turner told court he spent years learning ' commando & spy agency techniques'.

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In submissions today, Turner's lawyer Lisa Boston said in the months before the murder her client was depressed and suffering severe headaches as a result of the workplace accident.

Ms Boston said "the tipping point" was when Ms Thomas engaged a lawyer who took the case to the family court and the children were "weaponised" in the breakdown of the relationship.

She described Turner as "a loving and caring father" who was upset at the prospect of having access to his children restricted over the upcoming Christmas period.

Mr Mactaggart said the state "utterly rejected" the submission that Ms Thomas's engagement of a lawyer contributed in any way to what happened, saying she, like any citizen, was entitled to get legal advice.

He said the crime was aggravated because it happened in the presence of others, including the court staff member.

The CCTV footage showed Turner to "be cool, calm and collected" and after the murder "sat down with a smug look on his face, saying 'what's anybody going to do about it?'".

Turner's sentence was backdated to the day of the murder when he was arrested, meaning he will remain behind bars until at least 2040.

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