A Sydney man who shot his nephew for having an affair with his wife in an ‘honor killing’ has been sentenced to 32 years’ jail.
The 51-year-old, whose identity is not revealed for legal reasons, will serve at least 23 years behind bars before being eligible for bail over the 2015 murder of the 23-year-old in Sydney’s southwest.
Supreme Court Justice Peter Johnson said on Friday he was driven by feelings of jealousy after discovering his nephew – who had arrived in Australia three months prior – and wife had been carrying on the affair.
The man appeared via video link dressed in prison greens and stood several times but showed little emotion as Justice Johnson delivered his sentence.
In July, he spluttered at jurors and labeled them ‘pigs‘ after he was pronounced guilty of shooting his nephew seven times with a 0.22 caliber handgun outside the victim’s western Sydney home.
The man rested in wait in the dark behind a tree in the victim’s front yard before executing him with six shots to the head and one to the chest.
On the night, the victim had attended an appointment with his aunt.
During the trial, it is acknowledgeable aunt’s DNA was later found on swabs of his, palm, and wrist.
Justice Johnson discarded the man’s claim he had been ‘dishonored’ after discovering his nephew and wife’s affairs.
The man had arrayed for his nephew to come to Australia in mid-January 2015 to marry his daughter.
The man sent numerous text messages to his wife – who slept in a separate bedroom at their home – expressing his outrage that she was having an affair with his nephew.
‘I cannot take it anymore and I fear I will get carried away.’
He had purchased two devices to track his nephew and wife and used them to find the nephew’s home.