Australian woman jailed for killing husband and then burning down home

A Sydney woman who had her Australian husband burned alive and then shot dead has been jailed for 10 years.

The court heard Jervan Kavanagh, 27, had murdered his wife, Christina Kavanach, who had become pregnant, and left the scene after burning down her property.

She told the court she did not have a gun when she shot her husband in the head with a hunting knife in a bid to save their unborn child.

Kavanagh was arrested on December 2, 2016, after he told police he was trying to kill Christina.

In a statement read to the court, his lawyer said the victim was “totally shocked” by the murder and described her as a “beautiful and loving person”.

He said Kavanaghan was the victim of a “vicious” attack by his former partner and that he was “deeply sorry” for the death of his wife.

He told the hearing his client had been “battering” Christina on the day of the murder, and said she was in pain and unable to communicate with her husband.

Mr Justice O’Keefe said the defendant’s conduct towards his former girlfriend was “uncharacteristic and appalling”.

“This was an attack on a man whose character and reputation had been damaged by an abusive relationship,” he said.

“In the circumstances, the defendant has taken full responsibility for his actions and the harm he has caused.”

Kavaghan, who was granted bail, was found guilty of the murders of his ex-girlfriend, Christina, and their unborn son.

Her death has been ruled a homicide by a court of law.

An independent review into the case found Kavanganagh did not know his ex was pregnant and was unable to get her to hospital for a medical check-up.

His ex-wife told police she had given birth to a baby in February and was told by Kavanahan to put the baby down in a bag.

After she left the home, Kavanaugh went to Christina’s father’s house and shot her with a .38-caliber revolver.

A court of appeal found the trial judge erred in not asking the jury to consider the possibility Kavanagans actions could have been racially motivated.

Ms Kavanah was left with a gaping wound to her chest, and her unborn child was not born.

Kristen Lyle, the lawyer for Christina Kavaghan and her daughter, told the trial that her client was “very remorseful” and had lost his job and had been unemployed for some time.

During sentencing, Mr Justice O’,Keefe said Kavaggah’s actions had left Christina with serious emotional trauma.

“[She] is still a victim of the crimes, but there is no certainty that she will ever be able to heal from her grief,” he told the jury.

Topics:law-crime-and-justice,crimethinc,law-courts-and,crime,crime-prevention,family-and and-children,family,children,australiaFirst posted January 23, 2019 19:47:50Contact Kristine O’SullivanMore stories from New South Wales