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‘See you in 2035, you s**t’

ANGRY relatives erupted inside court at the murder trial of Gavin De Beyer as he was sentenced to 25 years for stabbing to death the mother of his five children, Sharon Michelutti.

An emotionless De Beyer yawned and stood with his hands in his pockets as Justice Peter Hidden sent him down.

Then, with a half smile, he turned in the dock as two young men in the gallery of Darlinghurst Court number three yelled out at him.

“See you in 2035 you s**t,” one young man yelled, while another said: “You showed no remorse you c**t.”

Justice Hidden gave De Beyer a minimum sentence of 19 years which means, with time served, his earliest possible release date is January 31, 2035.

The court heard evidence of the family’s “outrage at the senseless death” of Ms Michelutti.

Justice Hidden gave a detailed account of De Beyer’s cold clearing up of the crime scene after stabbing his wife on the morning of February 1 last year.

The court heard of De Beyer’s sobbing “sanitised” account of the scene to police in which he claimed: “I want my baby back … she’s killed herself.”

Justice Hidden said that before he was interrupted cleaning up the crime scene, De Beyer had likely planned to blame the murder on an intruder.

Ms Michelutti, who was 48 when De Beyer murdered her, had endured a long, violent and drug-fuelled relationship with him since their late teens.

They married in 2001.

Justice Hidden said in the face of de Beyer’s violence towards Ms Michelutti, she was “not physically violent towards him”.

“Both drank alcohol to excess at times, and used illicit drugs … cannabis and amphetamines and in more recent times used methylamphetamine known as ice,” he said.

“The relationship had been troubled for many years.

“He would assault her, throw things at her, kicked her and even headbutted her.”
The couple argued about money.

On the morning of Ms Michelutti’s murder, De Beyer was arguing about losing his mobile phone charger at the couple’s Riverwood home in southern Sydney.

Ms Michelutti had taken out an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against De Beyer 16 days earlier.

In a phone call around 10am between Ms Michelutti and her daughter Kalrya, 19, De Beyer could be heard in the background.

It was 40 minutes before the stabbing is believed to have occurred, Justice Hidden said.

Between 10.19am and 10.21am, De Beyer went to a Riverwood supermarket and is captured on CCTV.

At 10.42am a call was made from Ms Michelutti’s phone to triple-0, but did not connect.

“At that point or shortly after, he stabbed her,” Justice Hidden told the court, saying De Beyer wanted to prevent the call “because of the AVO and didn’t want the police involved.

“I am satisfied there was conflict between the offender and the deceased and that he stabbed her in anger.”
The stabbing was “spontaneous”, but De Beyer “intended to inflict grievous bodily harm on” his wife.

De Beyer then “took the knife into the kitchen, wiped it with a tea towel and placed it in the sink to be washed”.

He placed the tea towel on the washing machine and changed his clothes before leaving the house around 11am.

Police would later find De Beyer’s shirt, but his shorts were never found, and he didn’t finish cleaning up the crime scene.

“Had he succeeded in doing so, he might have claimed someone else entered the house and murdered his wife,” Justice Hidden said.

Ms Michelutti, who died of a single stab wound, was found on her bed with the covers pulled over her whole body.

De Beyer left the home wearing a red top, jeans and a red cap, for Campsie Police Station.

Around midday he presented himself to police, crying uncontrollably, saying, “She’s dead” and slumping to the floor in a foetal position.

Officers took De Beyer from the foyer to a room where he continued to sob, saying his wife was dead.

Senior Constable Bill Moussa-Khalil told De Beyer’s trial earlier this year that he heard De Beyer say: “She was holding a knife and she jumped on it.”

Another officer heard him say: “She killed herself — I tried to save her.”

De Beyer was arrested and has been in custody since.

Sentencing submissions to the court by Ms Michelutti’s family members “expressed outrage at the senseless death and love for the deceased. and the enduring effect on their lives”.

In Darlinghurst court on Thursday, De Beyer sat in the dock with his head in his hands during much of the sentencing, but sat back up as Justice Hidden read evidence of the offender’s childhood.

De Beyer’s father had been “an angry man” who beat his wife in front of the children, and De Beyer.

A psychiatric assessment of De Beyer described him as a man “who presented as emotionless and detached with no remorse”.

Justice Hidden said De Beyer “has maintained his innocence and shows no remorse” so it was hard to give his exposure to violence as a child much emotional weight.

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