A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years behind bars after pleading responsible to manslaughter over the demise of a younger girl in WA’s Wheatbelt area.
- Ms Dann went to Amos Gunn’s Moora home after they met on the road
- She had a metallic pole held to her neck and died in hospital the subsequent day
- Gunn waited 15 minutes earlier than calling authorities, considering she was useless
Amos Ryan Gunn was 21 years previous when initially charged with homicide earlier than later pleading responsible to the lesser cost of manslaughter.
The 30-year-old girl, who for cultural causes will likely be often called Ms Dann, was discovered critically injured and coated in a blanket inside Gunn’s Moora dwelling, solely hours after the pair first met on March 16, 2019.
Ms Dann, who had a five-year-old son and labored as a roustabout alongside her father and sister in Moora, died in hospital the next day.
State prosecutor Amanda Forrester advised the court docket she died from deprivation of blood and oxygen to her mind.
Throughout her remaining submission earlier than sentencing, Ms Forrester mentioned each Gunn and Ms Dann had been consuming once they met on the road, having come from separate home events that evening.
He invited her to his place for a drink the place the pair engaged in consensual sexual activity, after which level Gunn mentioned Ms Dann grew to become irate and that he had believed she was a menace to him.
The court docket was advised Gunn took a metallic pole off Ms Dann and held it to her neck.
It was 15 minutes earlier than he referred to as the authorities, throughout which period he despatched quite a lot of textual content messages to a housemate’s father.
One learn, “The hen is useless mate or fox or one thing, I am undecided find out how to put it”, and one other mentioned his housemates weren’t responding however “I’ve bought it beneath wraps”.
Ms Forrester mentioned when Gunn spoke to his housemate’s father, he advised him Ms Dunn was an Indigenous one that had damaged in and he had stabbed her.
Gunn later admitted that was a lie.
Ms Dann’s household haunted by delay
His lawyer advised the court docket Gunn had believed he had killed Ms Dann and acted out of panic, which is why it took 15 minutes earlier than he referred to as the authorities.
Ms Forrester mentioned one of many issues that will ceaselessly hang-out Ms Dann’s household is what would have occurred had he not waited.
She additionally identified the scale distinction between the pair, Ms Dann having been 164 centimetres tall and of slim construct in comparison with Gunn’s 185cm-tall body.
Ms Forrester learn out quite a lot of sufferer impression statements from the Indigenous girl’s household, together with her father, mom and two sisters, all sharing their devastation on the lack of their beloved one.
One assertion from Ms Dann’s now six-year-old son’s paternal grandmother learn, “Hopefully his loss won’t outline his life in a foul approach.”
It additionally mentioned when the boy regarded despondent and she or he requested how he was he had just lately mentioned, “I am unhappy grandma cos I believe I am forgetting her.”
Ms Forrester advised the court docket Ms Dann’s demise was maybe not what society would usually view as home violence, however that violence towards ladies of any type was unacceptable.
‘Life-changing’ for sufferer’s son
Gunn’s lawyer advised the court docket it had been a shock for individuals who knew his shopper to see him the place he was.
He mentioned it had been a random assembly between two folks that resulted in tragedy and mentioned Gunn made a collection of unhealthy selections.
He additionally labelled the messages Gunn despatched as disrespectful and inappropriate.
Throughout his sentencing remarks, Justice Joseph McGrath mentioned Gunn’s younger age, lack of legal historical past and early responsible plea had all been taken under consideration as mitigating elements.
He mentioned after cautious reflection, and having learn an in depth psychological report, he decided Gunn had regret for his actions.
He mentioned whereas he accepted Gunn had believed he had killed Ms Dann, which meant his motion in delaying his name to authorities was out of panic and never an try and cowl it up or callous indifference, his actions held critical penalties.
Mr McGrath sentenced Gunn to eight years in jail, backdated to his preliminary arrest on March 17, 2019.
Gunn will likely be eligible for parole after having served six years of his sentence.