Shane Robertson jailed for murdering girlfriend Katherine Haley with barbell.
A Melbourne man who killed his girlfriend in a “gruesome” beating with a barbell while their baby daughter slept nearby has been jailed for at least 19 years.
Shane Michael Robertson, 29, murdered Katherine Haley at their Diggers Rest home on March 9 last year as she sought to escape his increasingly controlling behaviour.
Robertson was jailed for 24 years for what Supreme Court Justice John Champion described as a savage assault, motivated by his possessiveness after months of extreme jealousy. He must serve 19 years before he is eligible for parole.
The courtroom was packed with more than 50 of Ms Haley’s family and friends.
Eight victim impact statements described the family’s trauma at losing a compassionate and caring daughter, sister and mother with a “trademark smile”.
It would have devastated her to see her children, aged seven and one, separated as they have been after her death, her father said.
Justice Champion said the attack left Ms Haley, 29, with substantial injuries to her face and head, and an autopsy was unable to determine how many times she was hit by Robertson with the heavy iron bar.
Ms Haley had told him she wanted to leave the relationship, which had deteriorated because of his behaviour.
He became obsessed with the idea she was seeing other men after starting a new job, had been watching her at work and set up fake social media profiles to contact her colleagues about her contact with others.
They had returned from dinner and put their baby daughter to bed before the fatal events.
He later called his mother, telling her “I’ve done it. I’ve bashed her brains in. There is brains everywhere” and that “I didn’t mean it”.
Originally published as Man jailed for murdering girlfriend with barbell as baby slept