DOUBLE murderer Zdravko “Frank” Babic certainly lived up to the “Born to Kill” slogan tattooed on his neck.
So Justice Betty King criticised the first sentence as “very lenient”.Then she gives this vicious double murderer another chance for parole by giving him 28 years. He only served just over half his first sentence of 13 years the first time around. This really is a disgrace, as is the free legal aid that this pig would of had at his trials…
Babic, who also has “Croatia Forever” and “Let’s Get Smashed” tattooed elsewhere on his body, murdered paranoid schizophrenic Dennis Arthur Domm in 1995.
He was sharing a housing commission flat in Elgin St, Carlton with Mr Domm, 40.
Babic, 32 at the time, had a long record for violence and drug offences dating to 1981.
He bullied and made fun of Mr Domm, who was so scared of Babic that he slept on the couch while Babic took over the only bed in Mr Domm’s one-bedroom flat during the months they lived together.
So intimidated was Mr Domm that he complied when Babic ordered him to try to get money from his mother to pay for drugs.
Prominent criminal barrister Bernie Balmer rang the homicide squad in July 1995, told them his client Babic thought he might have killed someone and gave them Mr Domm’s address.
Police went to the flat and found Mr Domm’s bashed and strangled body.
Mr Balmer arranged for homicide squad detectives to attend at the Squizzy Taylor Hotel in Gertrude St, Fitzroy to meet him and Babic.
Babic claimed to homicide squad detective Ron Iddles that Mr Domm attacked him from behind and that he had turned and defended himself.
Police forensic expert Sen-Sgt Wayne Ashley refuted Babic’s self-defence claim.
He produced evidence that Mr Domm was not standing when he was attacked but was lying on the couch with his head on the armrest when he was hit on the head, probably with a kettle. Mr Domm’s face was slashed with a fork, several of his teeth were knocked out, he had a severe burn on his chest and an electric cord had been wrapped several times around his neck and tightened.
Babic was found guilty of murdering Mr Domm and was sentenced in 1996 to serve 13 years in jail.He was released on parole on December 23, 2005 and murdered Raphael Innaimo six months later.
Mr Innaimo was well known in Brunswick, having operated second-hand shops in the area for more than 10 years. The 39-year-old lived alone at the back of his Sydney Rd business. Customers found his body there on June 27, 2006.
He had 55 injuries and had been strangled with an electric cord, which was wrapped several times around his neck.
Most of the injuries were inflicted with a brass fire poker, including a stab wound to the throat that pierced Mr Innaimo’s larynx.
The Supreme Court was told Babic entered Mr Innaimo’s Recycle Warehouse to commit a burglary and was disturbed by Mr Innaimo.
The court heard Babic then decided Mr Innaimo had to be killed to prevent Babic being identified.