Monday, 22 September 2008

Hudson gets life for CBD gun rampage

A former Hells Angels bikie who killed a man and wounded two other people in a Melbourne shooting spree has been jailed for life, with a non-parole period of 35 years.

Gunman Christopher Wayne Hudson, 30, was sentenced on Monday in the Victorian Supreme Court after he had pleaded guilty to the murder of lawyer Brendan Keilar and the attempted murder of Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard and former model Kaera Douglas.

Hudson shot all three victims at a city intersection just after 8am on June 18 last year, after Mr Keilar and Mr de Waard, who had been passing by, tried to help Ms Douglas as Hudson dragged her from a taxi by her hair.

Mr de Waard and Ms Douglas were critically injured but survived.

In Monday's sentencing, Justice Paul Coghlan said Hudson's offending was of the highest degree of seriousness.

But the judge noted that no one who had ever pleaded guilty to murder in Victoria has been handed a life sentence without parole.

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