A man who killed his mother and dumped her body in a Melbourne creek has been jailed for a life term.
Judge David McCarty sentenced Stephen D’Almeida, 47, to a minimum of 25 years and five months in prison on Thursday for the brutal killing of Mary Anne Deane in her home on July 6, 2016.
He said the “unjustifiable killing” of Ms Deane was “cruel and inhuman”.
“She died of suffocation, the cause of death was strangulation, the crime was murder and the offender acted with a complete disregard for her dignity and safety,” Judge McCarty said.
“She was subjected to a brutal attack in which she was repeatedly struck, punched and kicked.”
Ms Deane’s husband, Peter, had to wear a breathing mask for a period of time.
Mr D’Amigo, who pleaded guilty to murder in 2015, was sentenced to the maximum of 25 and a half years for each of the four charges he faced.
He will be eligible for parole after serving the sentence, but will have to undergo a psychological assessment before his release date.
Judge McCarty thanked the Crown for bringing to justice the “vile and savage crime” that had been committed against a woman who had worked for the community.
“It is only in a case of this magnitude that the offender’s offending will be deterred, but it is the duty of the court to deter him,” Judge McArthur said.
The judge also said the victim’s family, who had not been notified of the conviction, would receive a “special package” of support.
“The court is determined to ensure that justice for Mary Anne is served, and that justice is done for all the victims of this horrible crime,” Judge McDermott said.
He thanked the community for its “incredible and courageous efforts” in the case.
“For the victims, they are owed an awful lot of justice and I am determined that they will be given it,” he said.