Wednesday, 24 September 2008

21 years jail for body in lake murder

Darren Ellis, 37, has been sentenced to 21 years jail for murdering his pregnant girlfriend and dumping her body in a lake near Ballarat two years ago.

The body of 19-year-old Naomi Bernaldo was found by canoeists in St Georges Lake at Creswick in November 2006.

She had been shot and stabbed, wrapped in chicken wire, and weighted down with rocks.

During Ellis's murder trial, the Supreme Court heard Ms Bernaldo discovered she was preganant shortly before she was killed.

The court heard Ellis lied to friends saying she had left him to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

He was found guilty of murder in June and sentenced to a minimum of 17 years behind bars in the Supreme Court today.

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