An Australian woman who killed a man who she claims raped her and then threatened to harm her young daughter unless she had sex with him again was sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Brisbane Supreme Court.
35-year-old Roxanne Eka Peters fatally stabbed 51-year-old Grant Jason Cassar through the heart at her home in Capalaba, near Brisbane, in December 2015. After stabbing him, she tied a rope around his neck and body and dragged the corpse behind her car for 1.6 km before disposing of it in a ditch.
His body was found the next day with over 61-injuries, including 10cm stab wounds on his chest. His penis was also stabbed.
Unfortunately, the Brisbane Supreme Court had little sympathy for her. Peters was sentenced to nine years in jail for manslaughter and a further 18 months after she pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse.
With time served she will be eligible for parole in June 2020. Justice David Boddice told the court that Cassar’s rape and humiliation of Peters, followed by the threats to harm her child, had been a “significant provocation”.
“I accept the stabbing occurred in circumstances when you were enraged by what the deceased had done to you and was threatening to do to you again,” he said.
It was, however, to Peters’ detriment that she didn’t immediately seek help after the stabbing, he said.
“Instead you set about the process of callously disposing of the deceased body,” he said.
He said Peters had shown no respect for Mr Cassar’s human dignity.
“No doubt your rage continued to affect your attitude to him,” Justice Boddice said.
Justice Boddice said Peters’ upbringing around drug users, where she was subjected to sexual abuse, had acerbated the rage she felt when Mr Cassar came to her home on the day he died.
However, Cassar’s killing had been devastating for his family.
“They will never recover from his death,” he said.