Friday, October 27, 2006

Bondage Killer Appeal Fails

Brisbane, AU -- A killer who engaged in bondage sex with his victim and tortured a second woman for his own "amusement" has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that his 16-year jail sentence is excessive. Earlier this year, after a lengthy legal process, Sven Huebner, 36, was sentenced to 12 years jail for the manslaughter of Linda Jane Roberts and a cumulative four years jail for the torture of university student Melissa Gazsik.

As a serious violent offender, he must serve 80% of the 16 years before being eligible four release. Huebner went to the Court of Appeal to request that the sentence be halved, painting himself as a caring friend who let his love of bondage get out of hand. In a unanimous judgment, the Court of Appeal dismissed his request.

Huebner's then girlfriend Amy Louise Maher, 24, was sentenced to 18 months jail for being and accessory after the fact of Roberts' manslaughter and three year and six month's' jail for the attack on Gazsik. Her sentences were wholly suspended to reflect the two years and nine months she had served.

Roberts was killed on August 18, 2001, but it was not until November that year that her naked body was found, along with plastic and rope, in bushlands at Mackenzie in Brisbane. Gazsik was lured to bushland by the pair in 2000, where she was bound, tortured and choked for hours before being freed. Huebner maintained he was trying to get Gazsik to focus "on the important issues" in life.

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