EXCLUSIVE: Ivan Milat's Family Visits Killer In Hospital, Say There Will Be No Deathbed Confession
Ivan Milat's brother and sister-in-law have visited the terminally ill backpacker killer in hospital to say what could be their final goodbyes.
Milat, who was earlier this year diagnosed with terminal cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, was transferred to the Prince of Wales hospital from his prison cell earlier this week and is now in a secure section under guard.
On Saturday, his family visited Milat in hospital where they said they asked the convicted murderer directly if he was going to confess to the crimes.
Speaking to 10 News First moments after seeing Milat, his brother said there would be no deathbed confession from the man convicted of carrying out the Belanglo State Forest backpacker murders.
"No, he is quite adamant that he has got nothing to confess. He said he absolutely had nothing to do with it whatsoever," his brother told 10 News First on Saturday.
He added that he had told Milat directly that people wanted to know whether he carried out the murders.
"He said definitely not, 'I told you that all along that there was no way I had any involvement at all."'
Milat has continued to maintain his innocence over the last 25 years.
His family has also supported Milat over the years, believing he was framed for the shooting and stabbing murders of seven backpackers, whose mutilated bodies were found in the Belanglo State Forest between 1989 and 1993.
"He's got nothing to confess, so that's as far as I'm concerned... that matter is closed," his brother said on Saturday.
Milat's family said they were prepared that the visit could have been the last time they see Milat after being told by the hospital that he was transferred there because fluid had collected in his lungs and his heart.
"He didn't look well but he looked a lot better than we thought he would," his brother and sister-in-law said.
"He didn't look much different, other than thinner," they said, adding that he was now down to 57 kilograms since being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
"He does have a breathing tube for oxygen because his oxygen levels are low."
Milat is serving several life sentences for the horrific murders of seven backpackers between 1989 and 1993.
Milat was arrested in relation to the murders in 1994 after an extensive investigation and was convicted two years later in 1996.