Frank Babic jailed for murder, after being released early and murdering another man


KILLER thug Frank Babic was jailed for murder and, only six months after being released early, he killed again.

KILLER thug Frank Babic was jailed for murder and, only six months after being released early, he killed again.

Police believe Babic is the first person in Victoria to be found guilty of a murder committed while on parole for another homicide.

Despite the second murder, Babic, who migrated from Croatia, still wasn’t jailed for life with no minimum.

He was first released after serving just 10 years of a 13-year sentence for murdering Dennis Domm at Domm’s Carlton home in 1995.

A Supreme Court jury convicted Babic of the second murder in 2008 – that of Brunswick second-hand dealer Raphael Innaimo – but he appealed against it.

The Herald Sun agreed to a homicide squad request not to reveal details of Babic’s two murders until after a decision was made on his appeal. The appeal was rejected yesterday.

Prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, argued strongly that Babic, 47, would always be a danger to the community and urged the judge to condemn him to die in jail to ensure he was never freed to kill again.

While Supreme Court judge Betty King did jail Babic for life, she allowed him to become eligible for parole after serving 28 years.

Justice King also criticised the original 13-year sentence for Babic’s first murder as “very lenient”.

The jury that found Babic guilty of murdering Mr Innaimo was not told he had murdered before or that he had more than 80 other convictions, including one for threatening to kill a police officer.

Nor were they aware Victorian authorities granted Babic parole and freed him from jail only a few months before he beat and strangled Mr Innaimo to death in 2006.

The rejection of Babic’s appeal over the second homicide allows the Herald Sun to reveal his prior murder conviction.

Mr Tinney likened Babic’s violent acts when murdering Mr Innaimo to the atrocities committed by double police killer Bandali Debs and notorious sex murderer Robert Arthur Selby Lowe.

“The murder itself involved extravagant and gratuitous violence of a high order, with the infliction of 55 separate injuries and the use of four electrical cords to strangle and bind the deceased in a disturbing, almost ritualistic, way,” he said.

“At the time of the crime the prisoner was on parole for murder, having been released only six months before.”

Mr Tinney argued Babic deserved the same sentence as Debs and Lowe – life without parole – and that Babic’s jail term for the first murder had not deterred him from killing a second time.

Mr Tinney likened Babic’s violent acts when murdering Mr Innaimo to the atrocities committed by double police killer Bandali Debs and notorious sex murderer Robert Arthur Selby Lowe.

creepy frank babic killed again 6 months after getting out

“The murder itself involved extravagant and gratuitous violence of a high order, with the infliction of 55 separate injuries and the use of four electrical cords to strangle and bind the deceased in a disturbing, almost ritualistic, way,” he said.

“At the time of the crime the prisoner was on parole for murder, having been released only six months before.”

Mr Tinney argued Babic deserved the same sentence as Debs and Lowe – life without parole – and that Babic’s jail term for the first murder had not deterred him from killing a second time.

“The prisoner showed by his actions within six months of his release exactly what effect it had had on him – which is nothing, because he murdered again,” he told Justice King.

“You should give him no minimum term, because there’s a high risk he’ll reoffend,” Mr Tinney said.

Babic was released from a Victorian jail on December 23, 2005 and murdered Mr Innaimo on June 26, 2006.

He killed Mr Domm, 40, and Mr Innaimo, 39, in remarkably similar circumstances.

Both were murdered in their homes, both were beaten, some of their teeth being knocked out, and both were strangled with electrical cord.

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5 thoughts on “Frank Babic jailed for murder, after being released early and murdering another man

  1. Here are some of the comments this morning in local papers…

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    Bill Calvin of Ballarat Posted at 7:51 AM Today

    The Rob Hulls “justice” system strikes again. Cant wait for the state election.

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    RAYY Posted at 7:53 AM Today

    he will be out in 10..reward for good behaviour

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    BRING IT BACK of Melbourne Posted at 7:54 AM Today

    Here is the perfect reason to re-introduce the death penalty. This double murdrer deserves the ultimate penalty after taking the lives of two people

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    Judge the Judges of Brumbyville Posted at 7:55 AM Today

    No surprises here. This is the home of the free as a jail bird. This is Labor Land and the polls are showing a swing to Labor in Victoria, so look in the mirror people.

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    Norm of Endeavour Hills Posted at 7:57 AM Today

    Why is the judge in the first case not censured for his/her part in the early release of the re-offender?

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    Tony of Melbourne Posted at 8:05 AM Today

    It takes a lot of evil thinking over many many years to become a wilful murderer. I’m not talking about a killing of passion, anger or other. This guy has shown that his deep most values are at complete odds to society. There could never have been a situation when he could be safe to society outside prison. In these types of murders, there should never be a parole period.

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    Gary Justice of Melbourne Posted at 8:08 AM Today

    If we had more Judges like King on the bench ,we would not need to hire 1700 new police officers.

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    Michael David Posted at 8:09 AM Today

    And he still gets a minimum sentence. This Judge should be sacked for incompetence, oh that’s right, they are un-sackable.

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    Sheila Sanderson Posted at 8:10 AM Today

    Politicians from all sides have given the judiciary the tools it needs to jail killers for life. Why don’t our judges use them?

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    Ashley of Camberwell. Posted at 8:13 AM Today

    A compelling argument in favour of mandatory life sentencing for Murder.

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    Bill of Melbourne Posted at 8:14 AM Today

    How often should judges give murderers the opportunity to murder again? I am in favour of Capital Punishment in the case of Babic.This murderer has been treated softly yet again – as a bare minimum he should have been given a life sentence with no chance of parole.

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    Chris of Melbourne Posted at 8:15 AM Today

    He should be hanged.

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    Libby Posted at 8:18 AM Today

    Labor does nothing about real law, order and sentencing in Victoria. Its a joke and Rob Hulls should fired. We will never move forward while Brumby and his mates are in government. They just don’t get it.

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    Mike of Peninsula Posted at 8:22 AM Today

    I do not understand the laws concerning migrant crimes. Why was this evil man and any others in the news recently not returned to their countries of birth. Surely murder comes before overstaying your visa.

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    James of Melbourne Posted at 8:23 AM Today

    Please name the Parole Board, who let him out. They should be sacked!

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    Neil of Melbourne Posted at 8:24 AM Today

    The story makes it clear that Babic is a danger to society and not able to be reformed by a stint in prison. If judges now allow this man to be released from jail at any stage, then those judges should be held personally responsible for any crime he commits.

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    jeff of nambour Posted at 8:25 AM Today

    And why is he still in Australia…??

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    don of Melbourne Posted at 8:27 AM Today

    Juries aren’t allowed to hear anything negative about a criminal’s past deeds, but they are allowed to hear glowing character references from synpathisers. The law is worse than an ass – it’s plain sickening. Animals like this have forgone their rights to be treated like civilsed citizens. This is what legal do-gooders just don’t get.

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    Waage Sando of Melbourne Posted at 8:27 AM Today

    Send him back to Croatia!!

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    Steve of Yarrambat Posted at 8:29 AM Today

    This justice system is a disgrace. Past crimes should be made known to the jury so they can clearly see a “pattern” of behavior. If this was possible, these sicko’s would stay behind bars and the general public would be safe. But not so our justice system, it is hell bent on presenting the worst criminals in the best possible light. And innocent people die

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    Jack Posted at 8:32 AM Today

    Another exammple of the great justice system, working fine for criminals.

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    chris of city west Posted at 8:33 AM Today

    having killed a second time, and by the way how many others we are unaware of, just how does the original court memebers feel about this

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    Dave time to take real responsibility Posted at 8:35 AM Today

    It is past time when those responsible for releasing this sort of criminal, should themselves face court. They released a convicted killer to kill again and even when he kills again his sentence is inadequate. Those responsible should face criminal negligence charges over their clearly flawed decision making process! Too many of these kinds of decisions are being made, causing victims of crime untold suffering, it must stop!

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    Pierre Posted at 8:40 AM Today

    As one psychologist said to me “The world is in trouble because we do not do anything definitive about it”. Our society is mesmerized by an excessive desire for being seen to be tolerant and forgiving at the expense of the lives of victims.One lawyer said to me “There are hundreds of laws in place to protect the criminals but none to protect those who suffer at the hands of these callous individuals”. Often judges have their hands tied.

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    bill of bulleen Posted at 8:41 AM Today

    Truly, what is the point commenting on his sentence, parole, behaviour, whatever. The legal system and it’s servants, really need to get ‘out there’ and look at life in the real world, I feel ashamed for them.

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    Michele of up country Posted at 8:42 AM Today

    Life goes on in Victoria and we’ve already forgotten about the three murders that took place last Friday. The Brumby government should be very proud of its lenient judges and grateful for the public’s short memory.

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    Pamela Arlous Posted at 8:45 AM Today

    I’m surprised he didn’t get a suspended sentence.

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    Sam. Gold Coast Posted at 8:47 AM Today

    Jury wasnt told that he had murdered before and had 80 prior convictions….is tthis a game the Judges are playing??13 years for murder 1,out in 10 and murdered again .Lock the Judges up with him this time and the world will be a safer place

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    Jay of cbd Posted at 8:47 AM Today

    That’s Brumby’s justice system – next will be Julian Knight.

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    Jordan Posted at 8:47 AM Today

    bring back the death penalty

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    mr c zonno Posted at 8:49 AM Today

    This is agreat example of an incorrect legal system that needs a major change. Australia need to get tough on crime. Jail should be the worst place to be, jail is not a country club. If someone takes a life their life should be taken, by giving them life with no parole.

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    Carole of Melbourne Posted at 8:49 AM Today

    I hope the family of the second murder victim sues the stuffing out of whoever authorised the release of this psycho. Not sue a department, sue the person whose signature released him. The sentence for murder needs to be life in prison – ie, you die in prison. They kill because they enjoy it and no one is going to be rehabilitated in prison because there is no one there to show them how to rehabilitate. All they are shown is how to be a better, bigger, cagier criminal.

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    janet of shepparton Posted at 8:50 AM Today

    He should never have been out in the first place, Murder is Murder, so Life should Mean Life, Never to be released, what a pathetic country we have become.

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    Aussie Posted at 8:50 AM Today

    Judges should held accountable – every other employed person is!

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    Dennis Posted at 8:53 AM Today

    This is just one reason why we should get rid of this State Labor Government,Hulls u are as weak as water

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    VivKay of Heidelberg Vic Posted at 8:54 AM Today

    The problem is that so much public money is needed to keep people incarcerated in prison. They are let out on parole, and then get a chance to start their crimes again. There are some hardened characters who can’t be reformed! This is why we must have justice. People need to be safe in their homes, and the vulnerable need to be protected from the worst people in our society who are simply unsuitable to stay alive. That’s why we need the death penalty for some of the worst of our criminals, so that we have a deterrent, and justice, in Australia.

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    Jo Posted at 8:56 AM Today

    Our judicial system had a lot to answer for in relation to crime on our streets.

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    devon Posted at 8:59 AM Today

    Can’t he be sent back to Croatia and stop wasting Australian taxpayers money????? We don’t want him here.

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    D.Nicholson of Frankston Posted at 9:01 AM Today

    Deport him back to Croatia and if he is naturalised, revoke it and then deport him back to Croatia.

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    craigieboy Posted at 9:02 AM Today

    Judges are so out of touch with reality these days.

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    Tim of Melbourne Posted at 9:04 AM Today

    Why is it that a thug that kills another thug get 10 years but a thug that kills someone they never knew gets less than 3? That is the wrong way around.

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    Ex Digger of Geelong Posted at 9:05 AM Today

    Revoke his citizenship and send him back to Croatia. Grow a spine!

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    Diddleedee Posted at 9:07 AM Today

    Why wasn’t he deported back to Croatia, after he served his first murder sentence?

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    Shaun M Posted at 9:08 AM Today

    This case is a good example of why we need to reintroduce the death penalty especially for capital crimes like murder!

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    Mari Giaza of Melbourne Posted at 9:13 AM Today

    That’s why murder should mean life or the death penalty and in prison until the day you die.

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    Craig Connelly of Melbourne Posted at 9:17 AM Today

    Well, well, well…yet another absolute farce from our justice system, what a surprise! It won’t be long until the criminals are sentencing themselves and the bleeding heart liberals will finally be happy.

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    universal of vic Posted at 9:18 AM Today

    ‘Victorian authorities’, whoever ‘they’ are, have blood on their hands.

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    Mark of Melbourne Posted at 9:23 AM Today

    Send this piece of shi* back to Croatia

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    ron cox Posted at 9:30 AM Today

    bring back capitol punishment! hang them all, get rid of em.

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    Country kid of Country NSW Posted at 9:31 AM Today

    This is Australia, where everyone is treated like they are good people, regardless of how many people you kill your still protected by the dooo goooders. Why is this a surprise to anyone, it happens all the time.

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  2. frank babic is a evil man in jail he stabbed his cell mate 32 times cause he put the radio on to loud

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  3. Yeah Hi Jo, I kind of got the idea this bloke is was and always will be a nasty piece of work, How the hell he ever got out again is beyond me.

    For everyone’s sake let’s hope he dies in jail. The sooner the better for all concerned I say!
    Thanks for visiting

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  4. frank babic is a lowe life dog so if you go to jail and see him please stay away i was in
    with him and he trys standing over me for some cordial lol i would of gave him the whole
    bottle the scum bag dog he is bad form there franky but looks like im the one who laughs last you will never get out you even stabbed your cell mate 36 times with a fork cause the radio was to loud lol do we realy need this sort of sum bag in australia ?? time to go crow land byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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