A man has been jailed for at least 14 years for strangling his former partner in Sydney’s west last year.
The New South Wales Supreme Court heard Barry William Day killed Deidre Burton, 42, at a Mount Druitt townhouse in May 2009.
The court heard her body was so badly decomposed that initially the police could not tell if it was a man or woman.
Evidence heard during the trial showed Day saying he was sorry Ms Burton was dead and did not deserve to be.
Judge Terrence Buddon said Day was remorseful for his actions but had run away after he had committed the crime.
The 46-year-old has been sentenced to a maximum of 19 years, six months behind bars.
Relatives of Ms Burton were in court for Day’s sentencing. They yelled and swore at him as he was taken away.
A MAN was arrested in Bowen at the weekend accused of a Sydney murder 14 years ago and will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today.
Russell Lyons, 20, was kicked to death for his shoes and a small sum of cash in a Fairfield car park in the early hours of June 3, 1995.
The 43-year-old man, who will have an application made for his extradition to Sydney where he will be charged, was the second man to be arrested by police in Bowen for a Sydney murder in the past eight days.
Barry William Day, 45, was caught in Bowen on May 28 and extradited back to Sydney where he was charged with the murder of mother Deidre Burton, 42, whose decomposed body was discovered a week earlier at a townhouse at Mount Druitt, in Sydney’s West.
Detective Sergeant Mark Inmon, the head of Bowen CIB, said local police helped detectives from the NSW Unsolved Homicide Team and Queensland Homicide Unit apprehend the 43-year-old accused.
“Bowen CIB assisted with executing search warrants and the processing of the arrested man,” Det Sgt Inmon said.
“We also provided local assistance for interstate investigating officers.”
NSW police said an arrest warrant was executed and the 43-year-old was refused bail.
“(Saturday’s) arrest relates to the death of then 20-year-old Russell Lyons, who sustained fatal head injuries during an assault in a car park behind The Crescent in the early hours of 3 June 1995,” a spokesman said.
“Mr Lyons’ body was located in the car park about 8.30am the same day.
“Strike Force Gullalie was formed in July 2008 to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged murder and comprises detectives from the NSW State Crime Command’s Unsolved Homicide Team.
“Investigations into the fatal incident are continuing and detectives are appealing to anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police, to contact their local police station on Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
In relation to the earlier Bowen arrest, Barry William Day was found with a 13-year-old daughter while walking past the local police station.
Concerned staff at the Bowen Neighbourhood centre called police after a visit from the pair and they realised not only was the girl reported missing in NSW, but there was a warrant out for Day’s arrest on another unrelated matter.
The girl, who did not know her mother was dead despite police estimating she was murdered on May 2, was with him willingly but had been reported missing by her grandmother with Sydney police searching for her with the help of local media.
Acting magistrate Ron Muirhead agreed to an extradition order in Bowen Magistrates Court on May 29.
Day was released into the custody of Detective Sergeant Vic Guillaumier, of Mount Druitt Local Area Command NSW.
Police say Ms Burton’s body was so decomposed by the time it was found it was not initially clear if it was male or female.
Day appeared in the Mount Druitt Local Court and was remanded in custody with the case adjourned for two months.
Both men were believed to be simply passing through Bowen at the time of their separate arrests.
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