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Convicted killer Luigi Costa had inability to appreciate wrongness, court told

Posted December 02, 2015 14:45:47

Convicted killer Luigi Costa’s lawyer said his client had a “full inability to appreciate the wrongness of his conduct” in the brutal killing of his neighbour Terrence Freebody three years ago.

A jury identified Costa, 72, guilty of killing Mr Freebody by slashing his throat and stabbing him a number of times.

The pair had been drinking at Costa’s property where Mr Freebody and his wife had gone for a pay a visit to.

Mrs Freebody left just before the attack following taking exception to language becoming utilized by Costa.

Costa’s lawyer Remy van de Wiel failed to convince the jury he was not guilty by purpose of mental impairment.

The court heard different proof about regardless of whether Costa had been suffering dementia or some type of mild mental impairment due to lengthy-term alcohol abuse.

Prosecutor Shane Drumgold told the court it created no difference soon after the jury verdict.

“What ever he has it’s not relevant to sentence,” Mr Drumgold mentioned.

Photo taken approximately 10 years ago (late 1990's - early 2000's). Terrence Freebody was a past Canberra cricketer. Photo: Terrence Freebody (pictured approximately 15 years ago) was murdered by Luigi Costa. (ABC News)

But Mr van de Wiel told the court even at the scene it was clear Costa was in a confused state.

“There seems to be a full inability to appreciate the wrongness of his conduct,” he said.

Mr van de Wiel admitted jail was inevitable.

“He’s got to go to jail, he’s got to keep in jail, it is got to be a substantial sentence, no doubt about that,” he mentioned.

He suggested a head sentence of 12 to 14 years.

Mr Drumgold said he would stop brief of asking for a life sentence, but mentioned the term need to reflect the fact this was a brutal attack on a defenceless victim.

Costa will be sentenced tomorrow.

Subjects: courts-and-trials, murder-and-manslaughter, act, canberra-2600

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