Court finally hears Jason Downie own up-Kapunda Triple Murders UPDATE sentenced to life min 35 YEARS


35 friggin BLOODY YEARS. A BIG DISCOUNT NO DOUBT TO HIS PATHETIC LATE GUILTY PLEA (WHICH IS ONLY A WORD TO THE SHIT HEAD)

Finally this bastard admits his guilt in open court and surviving members get to read their victim impact statements. What a filthy gutless person he is.Devoid of any manhood that could allow anyone to not return his affections and not respond in a fury of despicable outrage and savagery. The fact he committed the devastating crime of the century in his community was never beyond doubt, as is often the way in a small community where there are few secrets. But Downey spend months and months hiding behind all sorts of legal manoeuvres and applications to do nothing but extend the time that the poor family would find justice!

Many long time members to this site came here for the very fact they had NOWHERE else to turn to discuss and vent their anger at Downey and their sorrow for the family. Pathetic SA Laws letting pricks like him hide behind ancient suppression orders was never going to stop us here.. This case is probably the very reason I feel most satisfied in starting the site. I want to thank each and every person that has even decided to put finger to keyboard (Used to be pen to paper, gee when was the last time you “Wrote to a paper?”)

Having their say without being cut off, ignored, refused or censored on their view. Both supporters and Jason and the Rowe family have done it tough, but all I care for is that we were here for the victims at the end of the day!

Thank-you to you all, and may the Rowe family and friends, as well as the small tight knot community of Kaunda feel a sense of closure and satisfaction in the system.

Folks here have dedicated many many hours, days and months to this crime and you are to be commended. Especially those from the town, who have stood by what their town was telling them in the early days when the do gooders were saying what about innocent until proven guilty….etc etc…(We still await a final sentence of this snake-belly, but he will not leave jail dead or alive….) Searching this site you will find hundreds and hundreds of comments based on the case that will never see the day of light in any book or movie, but the folks from Kapunda are probably pretty happy with that.

FINALLY THE SENTENCE WAS HANDED DOWN TODAY TUE 17TH APRIL 2012

THE murders of Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe were calculated, cold-blooded, merciless and deserving of no less than 35 years’ jail, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Justice John Sulan this morning jailed Jason Alexander Downie for life, with a 35-year non-parole period, for the November 2010 murders in Kapunda.

More than 100 friends and family of Rowes listened, wept and shouted abuse at Downie as Justice Sulan said words could not adequately describe the murders and their impact.

They were caught off-guard, however, when his sentencing remarks went into further graphic detail about the murders.

“Andrew Rowe was either awake or somehow became aware of an intruder … when you (Downie) made a noise, he was alerted to your presence,” Justice Sulan said.

He said Downie grabbed a knife from the family’s kitchen, confronted Mr Rowe and stabbed him 10 to 15 times, then once more in the back as he turned away.

Rose Rowe, he said, was the next to die.

“You killed (her) simply because she witnessed your attack on her husband,” he said.

After stabbing Mrs Rowe 50 times, Downie followed Chantelle into her bedroom – she was hiding under her bed.

“You stabbed her two or three times, pulled her out from under the bed … she must have been terrified by what she had seen,” he said.

Thinking she was dead, Downie removed her clothes and, when she regained consciousness, he ran to the kitchen to get another knife.

Justice Sulan said Downie then resumed stabbing Chantelle and, when she “became weak”, raped her.

His recounting of those events sparked outrage in the courtroom, with Chantelle’s family members yelling “you will die” and “they are going to have you” at Downie.

Two women ran from the court in tears, while a third had to use an asthma puffer.

After calling for quiet – and threatening to remove people from court – Justice Sulan resumed sentencing.

He said he rejected Downie’s claims he had gone to the Rowe house to confront Chantelle’s boyfriend, of whom he was jealous.

“I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that it was your intention to make sexual advances toward Chantelle Rowe and to have sexual intercourse with her,” he said.

“I am satisfied you held an attraction toward her (but) any relationship (between you) other than that of a friend was a figment of your desire and imagination, rather than fact.

“I am satisfied Chantelle Rowe did not encourage you, nor did she at any time become engaged in a relationship with you.”

He said Downie’s personal history did not exhibit “any of the criminological characteristics” of typical defendants.

“The murders of three innocent victims must carry with it a severe sentence,” he said.

“I do not accept that your conduct was of someone who was not thinking rationally.

“The cold-blooded, merciless attack on Chantelle, who had hidden under the bed in fear, was a chilling act.”

Justice Sulan said Downie’s non-parole period would have been 42 years, if not for his guilty pleas and prospects of rehabilitation.

As Downie was led to the cells, the Rowe family’s supporters yelled “enjoy life in hell, you dog bastard” and “you will not get out anyway, you f..king scumbag”.

Outside court, Andrew and Rose’s son, Christopher, was too distraught to speak.

His cousin, Kylie Duffield, read a statement on his behalf.

“Whilst many feel my family and I have reached some form of justice today, I find it hard to agree,” it said.

“The meaning of justice is the quality of being just and fair, or the punishment being proportionate to the offence.

“The lives of my dad, mum and sister (being) viciously taken by someone of sound mind qualified this bastard, Jason Downie, to 35 years non-parole, whilst my family and I continue to serve life.

“Please explain to me the ‘justice’ in this.”

Christopher said he was thankful only that he and his supporters had been spared a trial.

“This is not a justifiable offence, he cannot return my family to me, so why should he have the right to any definition of life?” he said.

“We can close this chapter and now we can start to focus our strength on keeping mum, dad and Channy’s memories alive.

“I can slowly try to find my own way to survive this.”

Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, said the family had a new challenge ahead of it.

“I think today was the beginning of a long road for the family that has been so cruelly visited by these crimes, the beginning of a long road of adjustment, the beginning of a long road of mourning and hopefully of healing,” he said.

“For the community of Kapunda, one would hope that it’s the beginning of recovery.

“The 35-year sentence will certainly give Mr Downie a long time to contemplate the sanctity of human life.”

Major Crime Investigations Branch Detective Superintendant Grant Moyle said no sentence could adequately account for Downie’s crimes.

“But nonetheless, 35 years is a long time and the reality he’s facing now is his 21st, his 30th, his 40th and his 50th birthday in prison,” he said.

“That’s a lot of life he’s not going to live in the community like the rest of us.

“We hope that is of some comfort to the family. It will never bring back the three Rowe members but nevertheless it’s closure for the family at this time.”

ONE OF THE STATE’S MOST NOTORIOUS KILLERS

Jason Downie’s horrific crime and lengthy sentence means he has entered the pantheon of South Australia’s most notorious killers.

The state’s longest non-parole period is 39-and-a-half years, imposed upon Michael Barry Fyfe.

Fyfe’s record is the result of multiple crimes – he killed another prisoner while awaiting sentence for attempted murder.

He has spent more than 15 years of that time in solitary confinement in the maximum-security G Division.

Snowtown “bodies-in-the-barrels” serial killers John Justin Bunting and Robert Joe Wagner were jailed for life, and the Supreme Court declined to set non-parole periods.

Killers Angelika Gavare, Michelle Burgess and Edward Yost each received non-parole periods in excess of 30 years.

Downie, 20, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of murder.

In the early hours of November 8, 2010, he gained access to the Rowe’s home – on Harriet St, Kapunda – before killing them.

Downie sexually assaulted Chantelle, 16, as he stabbed her at least 33 times.

He then stripped the girl of her bloody, torn clothes and redressed her.

The body of Chantelle’s father, Andrew, was found at the end of the kitchen bench – he had been stabbed, slashed and cut 29 times.

His wife, Rose, was found just metres away.

Experts concluded she had been stabbed at least 50 times in two separate attacks, and likely while she was crawling on her hands and knees.

Pieces of the knife or knives used in the attacks were found lodged in Andrew’s and Rose’s bodies.

Experts further concluded Downie had fled the scene in his socks after trying unsuccessfully to clean up the blood.

The only witness account of the murders came from the family’s neighbour, who heard Rose scream “help” three times just after 1am.

He reported hearing the sound of “someone falling to the floor”, followed by Andrew’s screams, and then silence.

The only surviving member of the family was Chantelle’s older brother, Christopher.

At the time of the murders, he had been on a Queensland holiday with his fiancee, and learned of the deaths through Facebook.

He chose to honour his family’s memory through tattoos on both his arms.

“In loving memory of Chantelle Marie Rowe, gone but not forgotten,” read the markings on his left arm.

“In loving memory of Andrew Peter Rowe (and) Rosemary Joy Rowe, forever in my heart,” read the other.

Downie returned to work the day after the murders, blaming scratches up and down his arms on a cycling accident.

Five days later, a TV camera crew filmed him visiting a memorial for the family and pausing to look at the flowers and cards.

He was arrested on November 16, 2010, after voluntarily attending Kapunda Police Station at the request of Major Crime detectives.

A suppression order was immediately placed on his name and image but proved useless – Downie’s identity was published throughout the internet.

A search of his personal websites revealed a basketball-obsessed, horror-movie-loving teenager who referred to the regional town as “Krapunda”.

He showed no emotion in his initial court appearances, be they in person or via video-link.

Finally, the day before the one-year anniversary of the murders, Downie’s cool facade broke.

Asked to enter pleas to the charges, he swallowed hard before replying “guilty”.

Though relieved by the confession, Major Crime detectives took the unusual step of commenting on the case prior to sentencing.

“His guilty pleas should not be seen as any sign of remorse, on his part, for three murders which I think were of a truly savage nature,” Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle said on December 13.

“(They do) mean many people will not have to recount the nature of the crime scene (and) for the relatives and police officers involved, that’s a relief.

“The family members are suffering, and they will suffer more.”

Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, took an even more unusual step and asked the Supreme Court to order Downie to re-enter his guilty pleas.

This was, he said, because of conversations – intercepted by police – the killer had with his mother and brother.

Mr Pallaras said that, from jail, Downie wrote to his mother claiming he had pleaded guilty only because police would not believe the truth.

He said he had driven by Chantelle’s home and noticed blood on the walls, and had then run inside to find Andrew and Rose both dead.

“I saw Chantelle’s feet under the bed … she was alive, I put her in bed,” he wrote.

“She had cuts everywhere … she said ‘help’ and she died in my arms.

“I f..ked up, mum, I’m sorry, I should have rung the police.”

Mr Pallaras said Downie had repeated those lies to his brother even after pleading guilty.

He identified the “real killer” as a man dressed in “dark clothing with a green shopping bag”, whom he’d claimed to have seen in the area.

“He lied to police, he lied to his mother, he lied to his brother, he lied to his psychologist – he has lied to everyone who has spoken to him about this case,” Mr Pallaras said last month.

“Your Honour will be waiting for an explanation that might begin to make sense of these killings … I regret that you will be waiting in vain.

“We have a vicious killing, followed by a vicious killing, followed by a vicious killing … there is only one man who knows why he wreaked such vengeance on this family and, to this day, he has not given those details to police.”

Mr Pallaras said that, as far as could be determined, Downie was motivated by sexual obsession.

He said Chantelle had been dating a teenager named Dylan Pratt, who was friends with Downie.

Downie pestered Chantelle on her Facebook page and repeatedly drove past her house – unwanted attention she endured for Dylan’s sake.

“Downie was, it seems, fantasising over the true nature of their relationship,” Mr Pallaras said.

“He was becoming increasingly sexually infatuated by Chantelle.

“Everything (in the evidence) suggests he was unrequitedly sexually attracted to Chantelle, which may form the beginning of an explanation.”

Greg Mead, SC, for Downie, said the case was simple.

“The explanation is as old as humanity itself – ordinary, unremarkable, common jealousy,” he said.

“Faced with resistance from Andrew and Rose Rowe, he seems to have lost total control … he obviously went completely berserk that night.”

Mr Mead said his client was remorseful about his actions and had suffered “post-traumatic amnesia” after the murders.

He also insisted the crimes were not premeditated.

Downie, he said, believed Dylan was in the house and had gone there seeking a confrontation over Chantelle’s affections.

“(Downie) did not go there armed and did not intend to use knives against them,” he said.

“He did not intend a sexual assault, though he may well have been intending to further a relationship with Chantelle.”

Downie was once again emotionless during the sentencing submissions.

He did not react to Christopher Rowe’s victim impact statement, in which the grieving man detailed how much he missed his family.

“In the future, getting married will be hard, having children will be hard … my mum and dad will not be there to be the grandparents they wanted to be,” his statement read.

Christopher also paid tribute to his sister, Chantelle, who “couldn’t wait to be 18″.

“I planned to teach her to drive when I got back from my Queensland holiday,” he wrote. “Now I will not get the chance to do that.

“Chantelle took (lots) of photos of our family and, now, that’s all I have … I feel empty. No matter what anyone does, it’s not going to bring them back or change it.”

Downie’s expression changed, however, when Andrew’s sister, Sue Mahoney, confronted him across the court room.

She had just one question for the young man who killed her beloved brother: “Why?”

“It consumes my every waking moment … (medication) doesn’t help or lessen my hatred,” Mrs Mahoney said.

“I feel so much anger, hate and dislike toward Jason Downie and I will never forgive him. We have to live with this loss for the rest of our lives … it’s only fair he serves the rest of his (in jail).”

Mrs Mahoney’s words struck home – Downie glared at her, then leaned forward and scowled, as she bemoaned his “right” to go on living.

Rose Rowe’s brother, Ray Maurici, also struck home when he called Downie “an animal”.

The killer scowled as Mr Maurici dubbed him a remorseless killer “all because you couldn’t have my niece”.

The day after sentencing submissions, the Supreme Court released a copy of Downie’s hand-written apology to The Advertiser.

“First of all I would like to apologise for my recent actions on November 8th 2010,” the letter, written in January 2011, reads.

“I have caused so much pain not only in my own family but many others … this whole situation is eating me alive.

“I had a career, car, friends and most important I had my family … now due to my actions I have nothing.

“I have hurt a lot of people for what I’ve done … I know that no matter what my sentence I may get (sic) it will never be enough.

“As much as I hate to say it but (sic) I deserve anything and everything that is going to happen to me.

“I want you to know that if I could turn back time and fix my wrongdoings (sic) I would do it in an instant, but unfortunately I can’t.

“So once again I sincerely apologise for my actions from the bottom of my I’m (sic) truly sorry.”

In court, Mr Pallaras rejected the letter as another lie, saying it pre-dated Downie’s claims of innocence to his mother and brother.

Downie confirms Kapunda triple-murder guilt; public told details of Rowe family killings

Jason Alexander Downie,guilty of murdering 3 innocent people

FOR the first time, an Adelaide court has heard the circumstances and motive behind the massacre of Kapunda’s Rowe family.

Jason Downie murdered Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe because of his sexual obsession with 16-year-old Chantelle.

Details of what occurred inside the Harriet St home in November 2010 were revealed in the Supreme Court this morning.

Prosecutors told the court that Downie had an unwanted and unreturned sexual infatuation with Chantelle in the months leading up to the triple murder.

They said she put up with his unwanted attitude because he was friends with her boyfriend.

However, prosecutors stressed that at no time was Chantelle in a relationship with Downie.

Prosecutors also described new details about the murder scene, saying it would “not be an exaggeration” to call it blood-soaked.

‘We are living through hell every day’

Town refuses to become a victim

Horror in Kapunda

They said Downie stabbed Andrew 29 times, and Chantelle at least 33 times.

Prosecutors said that while murdering Chantelle, Downie also sexually assaulted her.

Following the attack, he removed her damaged clothing and re-dressed her in clean clothes.

Chantelle’s mother, Rose, was stabbed at least 50 times, including while she was crawling on her hands and knees.

Prosecutors told the court that pieces of the murder weapon – a kitchen knife – were found lodged in the bodies of Andrew and Rose.

The court has also heard highly emotional victim impact statements from relatives and friends of the Rowe family.

Downie, who confessed to the killings, showed little reaction during many of those statements.

However, he glared at Andrew’s sister when she confronted him across the courtroom and asked what right he had to “take away three angels”.

At the start of today’s hearing, Downie again pleaded guilty to three counts of murder committed on November 8, 2010 .

His pleas were confirmed at the insistence of Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC.

In an unusual move, Mr Pallaras had last month asked Justice John Sulan to “re-arraign” Downie before sentencing submissions were heard.

“We are aware of a conversation had by the accused, with his brother, in which he expressed an attitude inconsistent with his plea,” Mr Pallaras told the court on February 7.

“That attitude is also found in a letter he wrote, to his mother, on an earlier date.

“We are concerned that his pleas of guilty be seen to be unequivocal… the last thing we want is a reversal of plea.

“We urge Your Honour to confirm that he has consciously pleaded guilty and that those are unequivocal pleas of guilty to these charges.”

Justice Sulan is now hearing sentencing submissions – including an expected 26 victim impact statements written by the family’s surviving son, Christopher, and their friends and family.

Five days after the murders, a TV crew recorded Downie visiting a memorial for the Rowe family.

He was seen walking along their property’s rear fence and pausing to look at flowers and cards before walking off.

Downie was arrested on November 16, 2010, after voluntarily attending the Kapunda police station.

Just hours before, detectives had contacted one of his workmates and asked that he “bring Downie in” for questioning.

Downie’s outsider status was backed up by his profiles on social networking websites.

They revealed his hatred for Kapunda – which he dubbed “Krapunda” – but also claimed he was popular.

It listed him as being “in a relationship” and said he enjoyed “partying and hanging out with my friends”.

“I love my sport, I am very active on and off the basketball court if you know what I mean,” he wrote.

The sites also detailed his love of basketball and the Saw horror movies, as well as his devotion to his mother, despite their occasional clashes.

Both of Downie’s pages listed Chantelle as a friend.

The “best thing” to ever happen to Downie, he wrote on one site, was “leaving school”, while his worst fear was “not seeing my family”.

“Love my family in Scotland, haven’t seen them for six years,” he wrote.

“I grew up without a dad since I was two months old, so I have been raised up by my mum all my life … I respect and love her to death, even though we have our bad moments.”

AdelaideNow understands Downie’s birth certificate does not list the identity of his father.

His brother, Jamie, was living in Kapunda at the time of the murders.

His half-sister, Jodie, lives in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and was in regular correspondence with her brother prior to his arrest.

From the ABC

Testimony sheds light on frenzied triple murder

By Loukas Founten and Candice Marcus

Updated March 27, 2012 07:51:48

Family and friends of three people killed in a frenzied stabbing attack in mid-north South Australia have spoken of their hatred and anger toward the murderer.

Teenager Chantelle Rowe and her parents Andrew and Rose were killed at the family’s home in Kapunda in November 2010.

Jason Alexander Downie, 20, has confirmed his guilty pleas to three counts of murder in the Supreme Court in Adelaide.

Downie listened as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Stephen Pallaras, described the injuries suffered by each of the victims.

He said 16-year-old Chantelle was stabbed at least 33 times, her father at least 29 times and her mother at least 50 times.

Mr Pallaras described the grisly scene in the Harriet Street home.

“It is no exaggeration to say the hallway and floors throughout the house were covered in blood,” he said.

“It appears from the position of the bodies of Andrew and Rose Rowe and the positioning of their blood that, even after he had stabbed them and attempted to clean up their blood, he went back to them and stabbed them again.”

Mr Pallaras told the court Downie gave a number of contradictory statements to police and lied about cuts on his hands and forearms.

Many of the family and friends of the Rowes who had packed the courtroom left as the extent of the crime was revealed.

Infatuation

Defence lawyer Greg Mead QC told the hearing Downie was jealous Chantelle Rowe was dating his friend.

He said Downie’s infatuation with the teenager had turned to resentment and anger and ultimately homicidal rage.

Mr Mead said many would think his “weedy” client (at 52 kilograms) would not be capable of a such a crime.

“He unleashed an attack which will not seem possible from someone of his stature,” he said.

“Obviously he went completely beserk that night. He seems to have lost all control.

“[He was an] immature young man who could not have been aware that he was capable of such violence.”

Mr Mead told the court a sexual attack on Chantelle Rowe happened shortly after the stabbing, and family members in the courtroom yelled out “gutless bastard”.

The defence lawyer said Downie originally told police “stupid, childish lies” but that had “simply emphasised his lack of maturity”.

He told the court Downie eventually cooperated with police, taking them to the site where he had dumped the clothing and shoes he wore during the attack.

Mr Mead said Downie also took police where he said the murder weapons had been dumped, but no weapon was found.

Apology letter

The one-page, hand-written letter is dated January 20, 2011 - two months after the murders.

He told the hearing Downie could not remember much of the attack, but was beginning to understand the enormity of his crime and deserved credit for his admission of guilt.

“He has written a letter of apology to the family of the victims but admits no words will restore the Rowes to their family,” the court was told.

He has written a letter of apology to the family of the victims but admits no words will restore the Rowes to their family

Greg Mead QC

Mr Mead told the court Downie’s own family had been shocked by the nature of the crimes.

“His family must’ve found it unbelievable that this skinny young man, who never answered back to his mother or been in a fight, had committed this crime,” he said.

Mr Mead said his client experienced a mental “numbing” after the attacks.

“It was a self-protection reflex action he had to get past in order to fully face up to what he has done,” he said.

Downie sat stony-faced while more than 20 victim impact statements were read to the court.

Surviving son and brother, Christopher Rowe, told Downie he was struggling to deal with his grief at losing his family.

He said he felt empty as he thought daily about those he had lost.

Others told the court of their hate and anger towards Downie and questioned why and how he could commit what they described as an evil and heinous crime.

Downie confirmed his guilty pleas at the latest hearing after questions were raised by prosecutors last month about the legitimacy of his admissions.

Downie will automatically be jailed for life and Justice John Sulan will set a non-parole term next month.

The DPP said Downie was entitled to credit for his guilty pleas but the non-parole period needed to be significant.

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The Supreme Court yesterday released Downie’s written apology – branded inadequate even by his own lawyer

In it, the triple killer takes full responsibility for his crimes, which he says are “eating me alive”.

“From the bottom of my heart I’m deeply sorry for my actions,” he says. “I have hurt a lot of people for what I’ve done … I know that no matter what my sentence I may get (sic) it will never be enough.

“As much as I hate to say it but (sic) I deserve anything and everything that is going to happen to me.”

Prosecutors have challenged Downie’s claims of remorse.

They say that after writing the letter in January 2011, he told his family he was innocent – and tried to blame a mystery man with a shopping bag.

Downie, 20, has confessed to murdering the Rowes.

The murders took place in their Harriet St, Kapunda, home in November 2010. He was sexually obsessed with Chantelle, 16, who did not return his affections.

In a frenzied attack, Downie stabbed, slashed and cut each member of the family more than 20 times, and sexually assaulted Chantelle while murdering her.

In court on Monday, defence barrister Greg Mead, SC, said Downie had written a letter of apology, in custody, to the Rowes’ extended family. “It expresses, to the best of his abilities, his sorrow over what he has done,” he said.

“It’s inadequate, but the importance of the letter is that he did write it.”

The one-page, hand-written letter is dated January 20, 2011 – two months after the murders.

“First of all I would like to apologise for my recent actions on November 8th 2010,” he says. “I have caused so much pain not only in my own family but many others.”

Downie admits his words “may not mean a lot” to people, but he feels he must apologise.

“This whole situation is eating me alive,” he says. “I had a career, car, friends and most important I had my family … now due to my recent actions I have nothing.”

Downie singles out the Rowes’ surviving son, Christopher, for a personal apology.

“I can’t imagine what he would be feeling as he lost the most important people in his life,” he says.

“I want you to know that if I could turn back time and fix my wrongdoings (sic) I would do it in an instant, but unfortunately I can’t. So once again I sincerely apologise for my actions from the bottom of my I’m (sic) truly sorry.”

On February 3, 2011, a suppression order on Downie’s identity was lifted.

Soon after, he wrote a second letter – this one to his mother. After promising to “take responsibility” for his actions, Downie insists he is innocent.

“On the night Chantelle was murdered I was there, but I had nothing to do with it,” he says in that letter, which was read to the court on Monday. Downie claims Chantelle “died in my arms” after he entered her blood-soaked house and found her parents dead. He tries to blame the crime on a dark-clothed man who was carrying a green shopping bag.

“I f…ed up, mum, I’m sorry, I should have rung the police,” he says. On November 9, 2011, Downie pleaded guilty to the murders in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court. Five days later, he rang his brother Jamie from the Adelaide Remand Centre and again protested his innocence.

“F…, if I plead not guilty and I’m found guilty, which my lawyer reckons would happen, I would never be released,” he said in the call, which was relayed in court on Monday.

Asked to respond to that evidence, Mr Mead said people showed contrition differently to one another. A lack of “tears and emotion”, he said, should “not be confused” with a lack of remorse.

“If it be said against him that he has shown no remorse, I ask Your Honour to note his guilty pleas (and) the letter of apology.” Downie will be sentenced next month.

We are living through hell every day, Rowe family relatives tell in victim impact statements

THE family and friends of Jason Downie’s victims have vowed never to forgive him for taking away “three angels”.

She had just one question for the young man who killed her beloved brother, Andrew: “Why?”

“It consumes my every waking moment … (medication) doesn’t help or lessen my hatred,” Mrs Mahoney said.

“I feel so much anger, hate and dislike toward Jason Downie and I will never forgive him. We have to live with this loss for the rest of our lives … it’s only fair he serves the rest of his (in jail).”

Mrs Mahoney’s words struck home – her’s was the victim impact statement that provoked the biggest reaction from Downie. He glared at her, then leaned forward and scowled, as she bemoaned his “right” to go on living.

Rose Rowe’s brother, Ray Maurici, also struck home when he called Downie “an animal”.

The killer scowled as Mr Maurici dubbed him a remorseless killer “all because you couldn’t have my niece”.

More than 60 members of the Rowe and Maurici families held hands and cried during the hearing. Tears flowed when a statement written by Andrew and Rose’s son, Christopher, was read by court staff.

Christopher, sitting in the front row, tore his gaze from Downie as the court heard of his struggle to cope with loss.

His statement said “everything” was different – “every Christmas, every birthday, every special day”.

“In the future, getting married will be hard, having children will be hard … my mum and dad will not be there to be the grandparents they wanted to be,” it read.

He also paid tribute to his sister, Chantelle, who “couldn’t wait to be 18″.

“I planned to teach her to drive when I got back from my Queensland holiday,” he wrote. “Now I will not get the chance to do that.

“Chantelle took (lots) of photos of our family and, now, that’s all I have … I feel empty. No matter what anyone does, it’s not going to bring them back or change it.”

Christopher’s fiancee, Coralie-Anne Glanville-Smith, attacked Downie in her statement.

“You Jason, still have your family – how could you take away someone else’s like that?” she said.

“Do you care, do you have feelings? No, you are stone cold and don’t have feelings, in my eyes.”

She said she was “engaged to the strongest man in the world”, but her heart broke because of Christopher’s pain.

“He is angry with the world, lost and doesn’t know where he belongs,” she said.

“We are living through this nightmare and hell every day of our lives.”

How Jason Downie became a frenzied killer

FRIENDS have described him as weak and eager to please, workmates say he was slow and his brother refers to him as “a shy mummy’s boy”.

Yet, somehow Jason Alexander Downie, weighing just 52kg, managed to sexually assault and murder a teenage girl before overpowering and killing her father and mother.

Yesterday, lawyers struggled to explain how a boy with no criminal history, no substance abuse problems and a normal home life had committed one of the state’s most gruesome crimes.

“It’s clear that he unleashed a ferocious attack that would not seem to be possible from a person of his physical attributes,” Greg Mead, SC, for Downie, said.

“He was transformed by some inner passion into a frenzied killer in a way no one – including him – could have foreseen or expected.

“This immature young man would have no idea … he was capable of such violence.”

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But Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras QC said that Downie was not immature – rather, he was deceitful.

Last month, Mr Pallaras made the unusual request that Downie re-enter his guilty pleas after police intercepted conversations with his mother and brother.

Yesterday, he revealed why he had been concerned.

He said Downie had first told police he barely knew Chantelle Rowe, then claimed they were close friends.

Downie had blamed cuts on his arm, inflicted during the murders, first on a bike-riding crash and then on a motorcycle accident.

In jail, he wrote a letter to his mother claiming he had pleaded guilty only because police would not believe the truth.

He said he had driven by Chantelle’s home and noticed blood on the walls, and had then run inside to find Andrew and Rose both dead.

“I saw Chantelle’s feet under the bed … she was alive, I put her in bed,” he wrote.

“She had cuts everywhere … she said ‘help’ and she died in my arms.

“I f..ked up, mum, I’m sorry, I should have rung the police.”

Mr Pallaras said Downie had repeated those lies to his brother even after pleading guilty.

He identified the “real killer” as a man dressed in “dark clothing with a green shopping bag”, who he’d claimed to have seen in the area.

“He lied to police, he lied to his mother, he lied to his brother, he lied to his psychologist – he has lied to everyone who has spoken to him about this case,” Mr Pallaras said.

“Your Honour will be waiting for an explanation that might begin to make sense of these killings … I regret that you will be waiting in vain.”

Rowe Family angry at killer Jason Downie’s letter of apology

JASON Downie’s letter to the family of his murder victims means nothing to those it is addressed to and they say they will never accept an apology.

Clinical psychologists say the letter shows “a child-like reaction to a horrendous crime” and was most likely never intended to reach the victims’ family. Even though it shows “signs of remorse and a capacity to empathise with the victims’ family members”, the experts say it is hard to know if that remorse is genuine, reported AdelaideNow.

The Rowe family said they were “disgusted” they did not know earlier than Monday’s Supreme Court hearing that the teenager who murdered their loved ones in November, 2010, had written an apology.

“My family will never forgive Jason Downie for what he has done,” cousin Tanya Dawson said. “He’s never shown any remorse to family and friends in the courtroom … his letter means nothing to us.”

Andrew Rowe’s sister, Sue Mahoney, said the letter was self-centred and painted Downie as a victim, and Rose’s brother Ray Maurici said the family wanted to know why Christopher Rowe – who is referred to in the letter – was not made aware of the killer’s apology before Monday.

“We don’t want an apology from him. He is not the victim … our family is the victim,” Mrs Mahoney said.

“He had a choice that night and he made that choice. No one put a knife in his hand.”

Mr Maurici said there were lots of answers the family wanted but an apology from the killer would not be accepted.

One Adelaide expert said the apology letter was child-like, while clinical and forensic psychologist Professor Andrew Day, of Deakin University, said the letter may never have been intended to reach those to whom it’s addressed. It was likely written to assess Downie’s ability to empathise with the victims and as an introduction to a violence intervention program.

“It would seem he has written the letter when he’s in the very early stages of understanding what he has done,” Professor Day said.

“It is very self-centred and that’s often the case for violent offenders … what it means for them and what he’s lost.”

Kapunda murderer Jason Downie apologises for his frenzied killing of Chantelle Rowe’s family

by: By Sean Fewster

March 28, 2012

JASON Alexander Downie says he deserves “anything and everything that is going to happen to me” for the murders of Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe.

SA triple killer was jealous, court told

Chantelle Rowe with Jason Downie.

A court has been told jealousy was the reason a man went ‘beserk’ and killed three people in Kapunda.

The Supreme Court yesterday released Downie’s written apology – branded inadequate even by his own lawyer

In it, the triple killer takes full responsibility for his crimes, which he says are “eating me alive”.

“From the bottom of my heart I’m deeply sorry for my actions,” he says. “I have hurt a lot of people for what I’ve done … I know that no matter what my sentence I may get (sic) it will never be enough.

“As much as I hate to say it but (sic) I deserve anything and everything that is going to happen to me.”

Prosecutors have challenged Downie’s claims of remorse.

They say that after writing the letter in January 2011, he told his family he was innocent – and tried to blame a mystery man with a shopping bag.

Downie, 20, has confessed to murdering the Rowes.

The murders took place in their Harriet St, Kapunda, home in November 2010. He was sexually obsessed with Chantelle, 16, who did not return his affections.

In a frenzied attack, Downie stabbed, slashed and cut each member of the family more than 20 times, and sexually assaulted Chantelle while murdering her.

In court on Monday, defence barrister Greg Mead, SC, said Downie had written a letter of apology, in custody, to the Rowes’ extended family. “It expresses, to the best of his abilities, his sorrow over what he has done,” he said.

“It’s inadequate, but the importance of the letter is that he did write it.”

The one-page, hand-written letter is dated January 20, 2011 – two months after the murders.

“First of all I would like to apologise for my recent actions on November 8th 2010,” he says. “I have caused so much pain not only in my own family but many others.”

Downie admits his words “may not mean a lot” to people, but he feels he must apologise.

“This whole situation is eating me alive,” he says. “I had a career, car, friends and most important I had my family … now due to my recent actions I have nothing.”

Downie singles out the Rowes’ surviving son, Christopher, for a personal apology.

“I can’t imagine what he would be feeling as he lost the most important people in his life,” he says.

“I want you to know that if I could turn back time and fix my wrongdoings (sic) I would do it in an instant, but unfortunately I can’t. So once again I sincerely apologise for my actions from the bottom of my I’m (sic) truly sorry.”

On February 3, 2011, a suppression order on Downie’s identity was lifted.

Soon after, he wrote a second letter – this one to his mother. After promising to “take responsibility” for his actions, Downie insists he is innocent.

“On the night Chantelle was murdered I was there, but I had nothing to do with it,” he says in that letter, which was read to the court on Monday. Downie claims Chantelle “died in my arms” after he entered her blood-soaked house and found her parents dead. He tries to blame the crime on a dark-clothed man who was carrying a green shopping bag.

“I f…ed up, mum, I’m sorry, I should have rung the police,” he says. On November 9, 2011, Downie pleaded guilty to the murders in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court. Five days later, he rang his brother Jamie from the Adelaide Remand Centre and again protested his innocence.

“F…, if I plead not guilty and I’m found guilty, which my lawyer reckons would happen, I would never be released,” he said in the call, which was relayed in court on Monday.

Asked to respond to that evidence, Mr Mead said people showed contrition differently to one another. A lack of “tears and emotion”, he said, should “not be confused” with a lack of remorse.

“If it be said against him that he has shown no remorse, I ask Your Honour to note his guilty pleas (and) the letter of apology.” Downie will be sentenced next month.

Jason Downie’s actions ruined his own family also

by: Investigations editor Bryan Littlely

March 27, 2012 11:00PM

 JASON Downie knows his murderous actions destroyed many more lives than those of Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe and their family.

His family – mother Lorna Carter, her partner, Brian, and her other son Jamie – was already in turmoil.

Lorna’s father, Alex Downie, died in the family’s hometown of Kilmarnock, Scotland, eight months before the murders … leaving Lorna and “the boys” heartbroken.

In the Kilmarnock Standard online obituaries, Mrs Carter posted tributes to her father from her and her sons.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal,” she wrote shortly after her father’s death on March 11, 2010.

Mrs Carter, who went to Kapunda police station with Downie when he was arrested, now lives alone in her Kapunda home. Her husband, Kapunda residents say, left about six months ago and the house is now for sale.

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She has kept to herself, despite support from the community which overwhelmingly sees her as a victim of the crimes also.

She was at home when Downie faced court on Monday

FOR the first time, an Adelaide court has heard the circumstances and motive behind the massacre of Kapunda’s Rowe family.

Jason Downie murdered Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe because of his sexual obsession with 16-year-old Chantelle

Details of what occurred inside the home in November 2010 were revealed in the Supreme Court this morning.

Prosecutors told the court that Downie had an unwanted and unreturned sexual infatuation with Chantelle in the months leading up to the triple murder.

They said she put up with his unwanted attitude because he was friends with her boyfriend.

However, prosecutors stressed that at no time was Chantelle in a relationship with Downie.

Prosecutors also described new details about the murder scene, saying it would “not be an exaggeration” to call it blood-soaked.

They said Downie stabbed Andrew 29 times, and Chantelle at least 33 times.

Prosecutors said that while murdering Chantelle, Downie also sexually assaulted her.

Following the attack, he removed her damaged clothing and re-dressed her in clean clothes.

Chantelle’s mother, Rose, was stabbed at least 50 times, including while she was crawling on her hands and knees.

Prosecutors told the court that pieces of the murder weapon – a kitchen knife – were found lodged in the bodies of Andrew and Rose.

The court has also heard highly emotional victim impact statements from relatives and friends of the Rowe family.

Downie, who confessed to the killings, showed little reaction during many of those statements.

However, he glared at Andrew’s sister when she confronted him across the courtroom and asked what right he had to “take away three angels”.

At the start of today’s hearing, Downie again pleaded guilty to three counts of murder committed on November 8, 2010 .

His pleas were confirmed at the insistence of Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC.

In an unusual move, Mr Pallaras had last month asked Justice John Sulan to “re-arraign” Downie before sentencing submissions were heard.

“We are aware of a conversation had by the accused, with his brother, in which he expressed an attitude inconsistent with his plea,” Mr Pallaras told the court on February 7.

“That attitude is also found in a letter he wrote, to his mother, on an earlier date.

“We are concerned that his pleas of guilty be seen to be unequivocal… the last thing we want is a reversal of plea.

“We urge Your Honour to confirm that he has consciously pleaded guilty and that those are unequivocal pleas of guilty to these charges.”

Justice Sulan is now hearing sentencing submissions – including an expected 26 victim impact statements written by the family’s surviving son, Christopher, and their friends and family.

Five days after the murders, a TV crew recorded Downie visiting a memorial for the Rowe family.

He was seen walking along their property’s rear fence and pausing to look at flowers and cards before walking off.

Downie was arrested on November 16, 2010, after voluntarily attending the Kapunda police station.

Just hours before, detectives had contacted one of his workmates and asked that he “bring Downie in” for questioning.

Downie’s outsider status was backed up by his profiles on social networking websites.

They also revealed his hatred for Kapunda – which he dubbed “Krapunda” – but also claimed he was popular.

It listed him as being “in a relationship” and said he enjoyed “partying and hanging out with my friends”.

“I love my sport, I am very active on and off the basketball court if you know what I mean,” he wrote.

More than 60 members of the extended Rowe and Maurici families filled courtroom eight of today, united in their grief, after Downie reiterated his guilty plea to three counts of murder.

Proceedings began with the reading, by court staff, of a victim impact statement written by the family’s surviving son, Christopher.

Christopher said he struggled not only with the loss of his parents and sister, but also with “reconnecting with” his extended family.

He said everything was different – “every Christmas, every birthday, every special day”.

“You could never be bored with my mum, she was so funny … she was the handyman around the house and would teach me to fix things,” he said.
Christopher also paid tribute to his sister Chantelle, who was just 16 when she was murdered.

“Chantelle was saying she couldn’t wait to be 18 and go out with me and my friends and socialise with us,” he said.

“I planned to teach her to drive when I got back from my Queensland holiday … now I will not get the chance to do that.”

He said that, as a result of the murders, he “had nothing”.

THE family of Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe finally know how their “angels” died.

Tragically, that knowledge has only increased their hatred for Jason Alexander Downie, while leaving many of their questions unanswered.

Downie, 20, appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday over the November 2010 triple murder of the Kapunda family. Asked by Justice John Sulan to confirm his guilty pleas, Downie replied: “Yes, I do.”

There had been fears Downie might change his plea, after Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, made the unusual request that Downie re-enter his guilty pleas.

Over four harrowing hours, the Rowes’ surviving son, Christopher, and his loved ones told the court of their struggle to go on. Mr Pallaras outlined every known detail about the macabre crime.
But he was at a loss to explain how Downie’s obsession with Chantelle, 16, sparked the frenzied, bloody assault that claimed three lives.

“We have a vicious killing, followed by a vicious killing, followed by a vicious killing,” Mr Pallaras said.

“There is only one man who knows why he wreaked such vengeance on this family and, to this day, he has not given those details to police.

“There are many questions within this case as to what happened inside that house … one of the biggest regrets is that they will remain unanswered.”

Justice Sulan now faces a task unprecedented in state legal history. He must craft a sentence for a killer whose crime is among the worst but whose youth and confessions warrant, under law, discounts on his penalty.

Downie pleaded guilty to murdering the Rowes inside their Harriet St, Kapunda, home on November 8, 2010.

He sexually assaulted Chantelle while stabbing her, having entered the house through a bathroom window.

After overpowering and stabbing Andrew and Rose, leaving pieces of the knife in their bodies, he tried to clean the blood off before fleeing.

Yesterday, Mr Pallaras said forensic evidence could show how the Rowes died but not the order in which they were murdered, nor how long they had suffered. “They must have been terrorised for a considerable time,” he said.

“For two of them, they were terrorised knowing another member of their family had been attacked.”

He said Chantelle had been dating a teenager named Dylan Pratt, who was friends with Downie.

Downie pestered Chantelle on her Facebook page and repeatedly drove past her house, unwanted attention she endured for Dylan’s sake.

“Downie was, it seems, fantasising over the true nature of their relationship,” Mr Pallaras said.

“He was becoming increasingly sexually infatuated by Chantelle. Everything (in the evidence) suggests he was unrequitedly sexually attracted to Chantelle, which may form the beginning of an explanation.”

Greg Mead, SC, for Downie, said the case was simple.

“The explanation is as old as humanity itself,  ordinary, unremarkable, common jealousy,” he said.

“Faced with resistance from Andrew and Rose Rowe, he seems to have lost total control … he obviously went completely berserk that night.” Mr Mead said his client was remorseful about his actions and had suffered “post-traumatic amnesia” following the murders.

He also insisted the crimes were not premeditated.

Downie, he said, believed Dylan was in the house and had gone there seeking a confrontation over Chantelle’s affections. “(Downie) did not go there armed and did not intend to use knives against them,” he said.

“He did not intend a sexual assault, although he may well have been intending to further a relationship with Chantelle.”

Mr Pallaras branded that claim another of Downie’s many lies.

He said Downie had gone so far as to tell his mother and brother he was innocent, and sought to blame a man “in dark clothes with a green shopping bag” for the murders.

Downie’s mother, he said, had been recorded on a police interview video “begging” her son to tell the truth.

“He lied to the police, he lied to his mother, he lied to his brother, he lied to his psychologist,” Mr Pallaras said. “He lied to everyone who has (dealt with) him about this case.”

He said Dylan had personally told Downie he would not be at Harriet St that night.

“If all he was going to do was (confront Dylan), why was it necessary to park his car around the corner?” he said.

“That can only be to avoid being identified, because the people inside would identify him if he left them alive.”

Justice Sulan was also unconvinced by Downie’s account.

“My view, based on the evidence, is he was there to have a relationship with Chantelle,” he said.

He remanded Downie in custody for sentencing next month.

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BIG UPDATE TODAY 26/03/2012

FOR the first time, an Adelaide court has heard the circumstances and motive behind the massacre of Kapunda’s Rowe family.

Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe were found dead in their home in Kapunda. Supplied

Jason Downie murdered Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe because of his sexual obsession with 16-year-old Chantelle.

Details of what occurred inside the Harriet St home in November 2010 were revealed in the Supreme Court this morning.

Prosecutors told the court that Downie had an unwanted and unreturned sexual infatuation with Chantelle in the months leading up to the triple murder.

They said she put up with his unwanted attitude because he was friends with her boyfriend.

However, prosecutors stressed that at no time was Chantelle in a relationship with Downie.

Prosecutors also described horrific new details about the murder scene, saying it would “not be an exaggeration” to call it blood-soaked.

They said Andrew and Chantelle were each stabbed in excess of 30 times by Downie.

Prosecutors said that while murdering Chantelle, Downie also raped her.

Following the attack, he removed her damaged clothing and re-dressed her in clean clothes.

Chantelle’s mother, Rose, was stabbed in excess of 50 times, including while she was crawling on her hands and knees.

The court has also heard highly emotional victim impact statements from relatives and friends of the Rowe family.

Downie, who confessed to the killings, showed little reaction during many of those statements.

However, he glared at Andrew’s sister when she confronted him across the courtroom and asked what right he had to “take away three angels”.

At the start of today’s hearing, Downie again pleaded guilty to three counts of murder committed on November 8, 2010 .

His pleas were confirmed at the insistence of Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC.

In an unusual move, Mr Pallaras had last month asked Justice John Sulan to “re-arraign” Downie before sentencing submissions were heard.

“We are aware of a conversation had by the accused, with his brother, in which he expressed an attitude inconsistent with his plea,” Mr Pallaras told the court on February 7.

“That attitude is also found in a letter he wrote, to his mother, on an earlier date.

“We are concerned that his pleas of guilty be seen to be unequivocal… the last thing we want is a reversal of plea.

“We urge Your Honour to confirm that he has consciously pleaded guilty and that those are unequivocal pleas of guilty to these charges.”

Justice Sulan is now hearing sentencing submissions – including an expected 26 victim impact statements written by the family’s surviving son, Christopher, and their friends and family.

Five days after the murders, a TV crew recorded Downie visiting a memorial for the Rowe family.

He was seen walking along their property’s rear fence and pausing to look at flowers and cards before walking off.

Downie was arrested on November 16, 2010, after voluntarily attending the Kapunda police station.

Just hours before, detectives had contacted one of his workmates and asked that he “bring Downie in” for questioning.

Downie’s outsider status was backed up by his profiles on social networking websites.

They revealed his hatred for Kapunda – which he dubbed “Krapunda” – but also claimed he was popular.

It listed him as being “in a relationship” and said he enjoyed “partying and hanging out with my friends”.

“I love my sport, I am very active on and off the basketball court if you know what I mean,” he wrote.

The sites also detailed his love of basketball and the Saw horror movies, as well as his devotion to his mother, despite their occasional clashes.

Both of Downie’s pages listed Chantelle as a friend.

The “best thing” to ever happen to Downie, he wrote on one site, was “leaving school”, while his worst fear was “not seeing my family”.

“Love my family in Scotland, haven’t seen them for six years,” he wrote.

“I grew up without a dad since I was two months old, so I have been raised up by my mum all my life . . . I respect and love her to death, even though we have our bad moments.”

AdelaideNow understands Downie’s birth certificate does not list the identity of his father.

His brother, Jamie, was living in Kapunda at the time of the murders.

His half-sister, Jodie, lives in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and was in regular correspondence with her brother prior to his arrest.

 

Getting any news in relation to the Jason Downie case is very frustrating.I have been sitting on an email I received form a person claiming to be from Scotland and connected to his family over there. It raises some very interesting things and I have decided to post it here in full (Although not revealing who sent it to me). Have a read and lets see what it brings to the table.

I  know for a fact that people from all “Sorts of places” follow this thread at the very least and may be quite interested in its contents. So here it is, opinions welcome as usual…

Jason Downie, awaiting trial for triple Murder

(Outright Abuse and Trolling will not be tolerated. The following is as written in original form minus author identity)

Hi,
I’m contacting you because you have been following the Rowe murders on your blog and you may be
interested in a heads up on a line the defence may take.

Let me me introduce myself my name is *****  ******* and I live in Kilmarnock, Scotland. I am
friendly with Jacqui and Ronnie Weir who are godmother and godfather to the boy accused of
killing the Rowe family.

I have always found them to be nice people but recently they have started saying some suff that isn’t right.
When we found out that their godson had been charged wth a triple murder we were shocked but weren’t
surprised to hear them say he was 100% innocent and supported them. I avoided reading anything to do
with the murders because I knew it would portray the boy as guilty and as he hadn’t been tried yet so reckoned
he deserved a fair go. I was also persuaded by the strong arguments of his godmother saying that he didn’t do it.

Then about three weeks ago the attitude suddenly changed. His godmother started putting it round
that Chantelle has ‘messed with his mind’ and basically talked him into murdering her parents only
it all backfired because Jason sussed he was being used and snapped, killing Chantelle as well.
I think this is lies. I think it is a slur on an innocent family who aren’t here to defend themselves.
Still I think it is worth people knowing that this is being put about.

More than anything else it is such a sudden change of story. One minute Downie’s family are
convinced he’s 100% innocent. The next they blame the Rowes for inciting their own murder.
My guess is new and damning evidence against Jason Downie has been uncovered and they
are trying to get him a reduced sentence by making it seem like he was provoked. I don’t know
what Aussie courts are like but here in Scotland smears against the victims like that can mean
a reduced sentence.

I don’t believe in the death penalty but I do believe that life should mean life and if as I now
know Downie is guilty of these murders he should never be freed from prison. If the defence
can make it look like he was provoked he might get a lighter sentence. No matter whether or not
Downie did do it the Rowes don’t deserve to be slandered like this. Like I say none of us know all
the evidence against Downie yet but his family are acting like he’s guilty and are slandering the victims.
It’s not right.

If you want to use any of this on your blog you can but the Weirs are pretty rough people and I may be
attacked or driven out my home for speaking out against them so I am asking you not to use my real
name or just refer to me as ‘an insider’ ‘a friend’ or ‘a neighbour’. If you want to pass any of this onto
lawyers acting for the prosecution that is fine too. It might help them out if they know what Downie’s
defence are thinking. The Rowes have been though enough. If there is a decent bone left in Downies body
he’ll plead guilty but with what has been said recently I think he is going to blacken Chantelles name to get
an easy sentence. This needs to be stopped.

Thanks

*****

Rowe family laid to rest today


CHRISTOPHER Rowe has released three white doves in a heartbreaking tribute to the parents and sister he lost in the Kapunda murders.

 

Chris Rowe releases three doves

An emotional Christopher did not speak, but the grief of the funeral for Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe, overcame several people among an estimated 600 mourners.

Some required medical attention in the warm conditions and at least one young woman fainted.

Four of Chantelle Rowe’s girlfriends, each wearing pink tank tops, performed a dance to the Black Eyed Peas song, “Time of my Life” in a personal tribute to their friend.

One spoke during the moving service saying: “Chantelle, you touched so many people and made them love you in an instant,” she said. “You are one in a million.”

A white teddy bear was placed on Chantelle’s coffin and balloons, many with personal notes written on them, were released as three hearses pulled out of Dutton Park.

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Alleged Kapunda killer back in better times


Kapunda alleged murderer, enjoying life in better times, any info on who the other pal is and when this was taken would be great! Looks like the guy next door doesn’t he?

This particular photo has been subject to an identity query. While I check out the facts I will keep it aside.purely my choice, so I get it right…cheers for those who bought it to my attention!

Kapunda-Social sites stuff


Ok  its taken me a while, I’m no guru, but had to block out identities, the way the have been saved means they are out of order but I will play with another copy and get them in order, so they make more sense.

Click on any image to enlarge

Kapunda Crime scene,victims and memorials


THE funeral for Kapunda murder victims Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe will be held in the town on Friday.

White Lady Funerals will conduct the service at Dutton Park, Baker St, adjacent to the football oval on the western side of town, from 11.30am.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked by the family to donate to the Christopher Rowe Trust Fund, to support the son and brother of those murdered.

A man has been charged with the triple murder.

Anyone who came to this site in search of information is asked to consider the sole surviving family member of this tragic event. A trust fund has been set up for this lad, and I ask those that are able to contact the fund and donate and help him as he bravely starts to rebuild his life.

Donations can be sent to the

Christopher Rowe Trust Fund,

PO Box 58, Tanunda 5352.

For details contact Tamara Meyers on 8653 3357 or after hours on 0422 564 272, or email rowebenefit@bvgroup. net.au

Regards

Robbo

Owner of Aussie Criminals

Here are some of the photos I have collected from around the traps, click on any individual photo to enlarge!

More on Kapunda killer part 2


THE funeral for Kapunda murder victims Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe will be held in the town on Friday.

White Lady Funerals will conduct the service at Dutton Park, Baker St, adjacent to the football oval on the western side of town, from 11.30am.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked by the family to donate to the Christopher Rowe Trust Fund, to support the son and brother of those murdered.

A man has been charged with the triple murder.

Anyone who came to this site in search of information is asked to consider the sole surviving family member of this tragic event. A trust fund has been set up for this lad, and I ask those that are able to contact the fund and donate and help him as he bravely starts to rebuild his life.

Donations can be sent to the

Christopher Rowe Trust Fund,

PO Box 58, Tanunda 5352.

For details contact Tamara Meyers on 8653 3357 or after hours on 0422 564 272, or email rowebenefit@bvgroup. net.au

Regards

Robbo

Owner of Aussie Criminals

 

Here is a 69 Question quiz he took called

Everyone has their firsts?


More on Kapunda killer


Here are Jason’s social networking accounts, I am busy blurring people out of conversations, heaps more to come…

Jason's

THE funeral for Kapunda murder victims Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe will be held in the town on Friday.

White Lady Funerals will conduct the service at Dutton Park, Baker St, adjacent to the football oval on the western side of town, from 11.30am.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked by the family to donate to the Christopher Rowe Trust Fund, to support the son and brother of those murdered.

A man has been charged with the triple murder. He was remanded in custody and his identity suppressed.

Anyone who came to this site in search of information is asked to consider the sole surviving family member of this tragic event. A trust fund has been set up for this lad, and I ask those that are able to contact the fund and donate and help him as he bravely starts to rebuild his life.

Donations can be sent to the

Christopher Rowe Trust Fund,

PO Box 58, Tanunda 5352.

For details contact Tamara Meyers on 8653 3357 or after hours on 0422 564 272, or email rowebenefit@bvgroup. net.au

Regards

Robbo

Owner of Aussie Criminals

 

 

In his bebo page you can see “Obsessed” is Chantelle Rowe ( I have blurred out other friends)

Obssessed aka Chantelle Rowe

Jason's bebo account

Jason's Bio

Jason's Hobbies

Kapunda killer named


THE funeral for Kapunda murder victims Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe will be held in the town on Friday.

White Lady Funerals will conduct the service at Dutton Park, Baker St, adjacent to the football oval on the western side of town, from 11.30am.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked by the family to donate to the Christopher Rowe Trust Fund, to support the son and brother of those murdered.

A man has been charged with the triple murder. He was remanded in custody and his identity suppressed.

Anyone who came to this site in search of information is asked to consider the sole surviving family member of this tragic event. A trust fund has been set up for this lad, and I ask those that are able to contact the fund and donate and help him as he bravely starts to rebuild his life.

Donations can be sent to the

Christopher Rowe Trust Fund,

PO Box 58, Tanunda 5352.

For details contact Tamara Meyers on 8653 3357 or after hours on 0422 564 272, or email rowebenefit@bvgroup. net.au

Regards

Robbo

Owner of Aussie Criminals

 

Update I have been reading some papers from SA and it seems the name is out and about through that wonderful medium called Social Networking, of which most people are most familiar through facebook! With the next court hearing for this fellow not until Feb 2011,  a suppression order will be all but useless within days let alone months. It is out there, so I will report on what I read and see here.

The 18yr old arrested in Kipunda for the murders of  Andrew and Rose Rowe, and their daughter Chantelle, is 18yr old Jason Alexander Downie. Here is a grab from  the Wimmera Mail Times

 

KIller named here in Tassie paper

The identity of a man accused of murdering three family members at Kapunda last week was suppressed in court on Wednesday, but many people knew more details from postings on the social networking site, Facebook.

Whilst we do NOT want this mongrel getting off on some crap defence claim of a prejudicial jury or something if it gets that far the news is out there.This is the world we live in, instant access to the news in our lives. Hopefully a confession and guilty plea will fix that up.Stay tuned and I will give more as soon as I can. (thanks for your understanding on this issue)

Teenager arrested over Kapunda triple murder


Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe were found in their Kapunda home

THE funeral for Kapunda murder victims Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe will be held in the town on Friday.

White Lady Funerals will conduct the service at Dutton Park, Baker St, adjacent to the football oval on the western side of town, from 11.30am.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked by the family to donate to the Christopher Rowe Trust Fund, to support the son and brother of those murdered.

A man has been charged with the triple murder.

Anyone who came to this site in search of information is asked to consider the sole surviving family member of this tragic event. A trust fund has been set up for this lad, and I ask those that are able to contact the fund and donate and help him as he bravely starts to rebuild his life.

Donations can be sent to the

Christopher Rowe Trust Fund,

PO Box 58, Tanunda 5352.

For details contact Tamara Meyers on 8653 3357 or after hours on 0422 564 272, or email rowebenefit@bvgroup. net.au

Regards

Robbo

Owner of Aussie Criminals

 

 

DETECTIVES have arrested an 18-year-old Kapunda man in relation to the murders of a family of three in the South Australian town.

The bodies of Andrew, Rose and Chantelle Rowe were found in their Kapunda home, located 76km north of Adelaide, on Monday last week.

Yesterday, police said they had a DNA sample of a male from the crime scene.

Police are expected to hold a press conference at the Kapunda police station tonight…MORE UPDATES ON THE WAY It is believed that the teenager had been in a relationship with Chantalle at some stage prior to murdering her and her parents last week.

10pm….Major Crime officer in charge Detective Superintendant Grant Moyle spoke to the gathered media and local community, he thanked the community for the way they supported the investigation and hoped they understood that there is limited information that he can release at this stage. After extensive investigation involving many police he said  they arrested an 18 year old Kapunda man during the afternoon. He will be charged with three counts of murder and will appear in court tomorrow

No comment could be made on whether a murder weapon had been found or whether further arrests would follow.

HERE IS WHAT UNFOLDED EARLIER TODAY AFTER POLICE SOUGHT ASSISTANCE (LEADING TO THE ARREST)

The arrest came after police appealed for anyone who knew the killer to come forward.

They had obtained a DNA profile from the crime scene and located a witness who saw a four-wheel drive outside the home where Andrew and Rose Rowe and their 16-year-old daughter Chantelle were stabbed to death a week ago.

Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle asked anyone who may know, or may have inadvertently helped, the killer to come forward.

“If anyone is out there that knows the offender in this case, has any further information in regard to who may be involved, may have assisted the offender either before during or after this offence, now is the time to come forward,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

He said it was not unusual for more than one person to know about a crime or to become involved in it unintentionally after the fact.

“I ask you to reflect on the nature of this crime and assist police.”

On Monday he said police wanted to track the owners of a white 4WD traytop Toyota Landcruiser that was seen outside the trio’s house about midnight on November 6.

The family was slain in the early hours of November 7.

Supt Moyle said there were two people in the car and one of them got out.

“I am not suggesting that the people in the vehicle committed the offence, but it was in the area and we want to eliminate them from our inquiries,” he said on Tuesday.

He said officers continued to follow a number of “positive” lines of inquiry

Crowd of 100 gather at Kapunda Police station for news conference