Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Girlfriend killer gets 19 years for murder

A man who [murdered his girlfriend] has been sentenced to 19 years jail.

Thirty-seven-year-old David Piper strangled his girlfriend Wendy Chow at her Toorak flat in April this year.

The Victorian Supreme Court heard the pair had a violent relationship and Ms Chow had insisted that Piper move out.

The court was told he threw her to the ground and strangled her.

He then went to police and confessed.

Piper pleaded guilty to murder and to two armed robberies four years earlier.

In sentencing, Justice Robert Osborn described the attack as sustained, brutal and vicious.

He sentenced Piper to a non-parole period of 15 years.

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