Man Who Stabbed Pregnant Partner 49 Times Sentenced To 22 Years Jail
Kirralee Paepaerei was five months pregnant when she died in a frenzied attack
Joshua Homann cut two lives short back in 2015, but was on Friday jailed for the murder of just one.
His girlfriend Kirralee Paepaerei was five months pregnant when she died in a frenzied attack in their western Sydney home.
Homann stabbed her 49 times in the neck and chest.
Their unborn baby girl, Mia, was also robbed of her chance of life, dying with her mother.
Today Paepaerei’s family cried in court and said “hope you rot” as Homann was sentenced to at least 22 years and six months behind bars.
Earlier this year, a jury took less than two hours to reject the 40-year-old’s claim he was suffering from mental illness during the attack and therefore was not guilty of the murder.
Paepaerei, a 37-year-old mother-of-four, suffered at least 28 wounds in her neck and 21 in her chest.
After he was found guilty, her stepfather Godwin Dugo described Homann’s defence as “one big act.”
“It’s beyond me that anyone can stab a woman 49 times knowing she’s carrying his child. It’s just beyond comprehension," he said.
Justice Lucy McCallum today said the murder had inflicted utter devastation on Paepaerei's family. Paepaerei's children were now struggling: “their lives forever shaped by the brutal murder of their mother.”
But the judge tried allay any guilt her family was carrying for not saving her.
“Kirralee Paepaerei was killed in a short space of time, without warning by a man her family was expected to think would keep her safe,” Justice McCallum said.
She went on to say Mr Homann’s psychosis was caused by ice, but it did not diminish his culpability.
“Ice is a scourge … it makes ordinary people violent and irrational."