Friday, 28 March 2008

Life sentence for police informer

A police informer in Victoria has been sentenced to life in prison, for the murder of accused rapist Shane Chartres-Abbott in 2003.

The accused, known as "J.P." pleaded guilty to shooting Chartres-Abbott, in June 2003.

The Victorian Supreme Court heard the revenge killing, was carried out as a favour for an unidentified associate.

Chartres-Abbott was on trial for rape and assault when he died.

The court was told when JP confessed to the murder, he implicated two ex-police officers in the killing.

The court heard JP was already serving two life sentences for murder.

In sentencing, Justice Simon Whelan said the case was exceptional, and that due to the nature of JP's co-operation with police, his non-parole period will not be increased.

The accused will be eligible for parole in 2023.

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