On June 29, 2010, Jayant Patel, implicated in as many as 17 patient deaths, was found guilty in four and sentenced to a mere 7 years in prison.
Sean Lee King, 27, of Sydney, Australia, was convicted on drug and firearms offenses in April 2011, but immediately granted parole for time served while he awaited trial on separate assault charges. During that time he brutally beat his girlfriend Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz, 18, to death in her apartment.
IN 1993, 6-year-old John Ashfield was beaten to death. His mother, Gunn-Britt Ashfield instructed her other children, who witnessed the horrific abuse, to tell anyone who asked that John was attacked by a gang of teenage boys.
An amateur ghost chaser in Tasmania, Australia, decided to set up a video camera in his kitchen to catch evidence of ghosts on film. Thanks to his live-in girlfriend and baby momma, 28, whose name is being withheld, he will never know if his house is haunted.
In the 1990s, the bodies of seven young backpackers were discovered in Belanglo State Forest, a 9,400-acre wood in New South Wales, Australia. The bodies, each riddled with stab wounds, had been posed face-down with loose hut-like structures of sticks constructed over them. The killings, which became known as the Backpacker Murders, were discovered to be the work of Ivan Milat, an Australian man with a prior history of abduction and rape.
The family of 17-year-old murder victim Natalie Russell are outraged that her killer continues to dress as a woman in prison. Paul Denyer, who now goes by Paula, is serving three consecutive life sentences in Australian prison for the murders of three young women.
Dr. Jayant Patel’s medical competence has been a subject of debate both in the U.S. and Australia for the last 25 years. Convicted in 2010 on three counts of manslaughter for three patient deaths, Patel surprised the world by winning a retrial and being exonerated on one of the manslaughter charges.
Police in Australia have not ruled out the possibility that an unidentified woman nicknamed “Angel,” whose remains were found in Belanglo State Forest two years ago, was the victim of Matthew Milat. Milat, 17, is the great-nephew of Ivan Milat, a convicted serial killer who killed seven young hikers in Belanglo forest in the 1990s. The younger Milat is himself a convicted killer — earlier this year he was sentenced to 43 years for murdering his friend David Auchterlonie with an axe in the same forest.
Matthew Allen, 18, of Westleigh, Australia, who was reported missing by his mother on November 27, 2012, has been found. Lucky to be alive after two months of extreme heat in the bushland, the teen was emaciated, dehydrated, blinded, gangrenous, covered in leeches and would likely not have survived much longer.
The judges ruled on December 22, 2012, that the trial judge made no errors allowing witness testimony in the murder trial of Mersina Halvagis. The Halvagis family breathed a sigh of relief as the decision was read.