A 25-year old man in Perth, Australia is currently facing trial over the death of a former lover.
Such was the savagery of his attack, even his barrister concedes he deserves a ‘life sentence.’
The court heard that in June 2017, Lane Tynan Mitchell, 25 and Peter Anthony Jarman, 49, had sex and took methamphetamine together in Jarman’s North Perth apartment. It was not the first time Mitchell had been to the apartment, having previously spent nights there before.
Previous to arriving at Jarman’s apartment, Mitchell had already smoked meth with a female sex worker at a separate address in Mount Lawley, reports ABC.
After taking the drugs, Mitchell and Jarman began to row over a cab fare.
The fight escalated and turned violent. Mitchell admits that he punched, kicked and bludgeoned Jarman with a wine bottle. A forensic pathologist believes a frying pan and metal statue may also have been used in the attack.
Mitchell left Jarman for dead, and in a bid to erase evidence of their relationship, attempted to reset Jarman’s computer and placed his mobile phone under running water. He then attempted to set fire to a hoodie. He sprayed it with fly killer to make it more flammable, but this started a fire in the apartment.
Mitchell fled the scene while the fire began to rage. Three minutes after he escaped the address in an Uber, an explosion ripped through the apartment.
Forensic pathologists say that Jarman was still breathing when firefighters arrived at the scene but died shortly after at Royal Perth Hospital. He had burns to more than 50% of his body.
Mitchell then tried to access Jarman’s bank accounts. When interviewed by police later, he later confessed to the attack and causing the fire.
Mitchell had pled guilty to murder. Today, through his barrister, Simon Watters, Mitchell refused to read out victim impact statements from Jordan’s family at WA Supreme Court. This prompted loud groans from the public gallery, according to Daily Mail Australia.
Instead, prosecutor Katie Goddard-Borger read at a part of a statement from Jordan’s niece.
‘All I want is to talk to my uncle … but Mitchell took him away in a such a horrific way.
‘Time will not heal this. Time will not heal my heart.’
Sentencing has been adjourned until December. However, Justice Bruno Fiannaca indicated today that a sentence of life imprisonment is inevitable.