A battered spouse who drugged and stuffed her husband right into a chest freezer claims she is the actual sufferer.
Rebecca Payne, 43, faces life in jail after being discovered responsible of the sadistic homicide of Noel Payne, 68.
She confronted the Supreme Court docket of Victoria on Monday the place her barrister Richard Edney urged Justice Rita Incerti to have mercy on his consumer.
Rebecca Payne, 43, claims she was abused by her husband Noel Payne
Noel Payne was drugged and stuffed in a freezer by his spouse Rebecca Payne
Mom of three, Rebecca Payne (pictured with husband Noel), was discovered responsible of homicide by a 12-person jury on the Mildura Supreme Court docket on Could 15 after two days of deliberation
‘It is a case the place Rebecca Payne ought to be proven mercy by your honour given what she skilled, endured by the hands of Noel Payne,’ he stated.
‘On this excessive and distinctive case any time period of imprisonment ought to be proportionately decrease than would ordinarily be the case for homicide.’
In March, a jury discovered Payne responsible of murdering her husband in September 2020 regardless of her claims that she didn’t really imply to kill him.
Police alleged Payne had knocked Mr Payne out chilly by serving him biscuits, and sure a scorching cup of Milo, laced with sleeping drugs.
Forensic medical doctors have been unable to find out if he had died from an overdose or suffocation after Payne stuffed his physique right into a chest freezer and strapped it shut.
Mr Edney stated his consumer maintained she didn’t intend to kill her husband and easily panicked after administering him with the poison.
The courtroom heard Mr Payne had taken on one other lover, who can’t be named for authorized causes, on the time of his dying, who additionally lived throughout the household house.
Mr Edney alleged Mr Payne had savagely abused each girls main as much as his dying.
‘Any punishment for Rebecca Payne can solely make sense if its calibrated inside that prism of household violence. In circumstance the place Noel Payne created, on this distant western Victoria small city of Walpeup, a perverted and disturbing immoral universe the place he handled the ladies of that home as mere objects … for his personal pleasure,’ he stated.
The courtroom heard Payne claimed to have been branded with 18 tattoos together with her husband’s identify throughout her physique in a sick type of possession.
Mr Edney claimed Mr Payne had raped and abused each girls all through the course of their deranged relationship.
‘We’ve the threats, we’ve the bodily violence, we’ve the sexual violence, we’ve the monetary management, we’ve the coercive management,’ he stated.
Noel Payne was described in courtroom as a brute who lived a double life
The kitchen put on Rebecca Payne cooked up a deadly batch of cookies for her husband Noel
The courtroom heard Payne claimed her husband had repeatedly spat on her, watched her within the bathe and bashed her at a graveyard.
‘The conduct in opposition to each Rebecca and (the girl) was reprehensible, obscene,’ Mr Edney stated.
‘He raped them, sexually assaulted them and let’s be clear (the girl) was a younger girl with an acquired mind damage.’
The courtroom heard the jury that convicted Payne had been compelled to look at movies of a few of that abuse.
In a sufferer influence assertion, Mr Payne’s different battered lover stated she was higher off with out him.
‘He needed to maintain me all for himself. If Noel wasn’t lifeless my life would nonetheless be worse. I hate Bec for what she’s executed however life is now higher than it was,’ she stated.
Rebecca Payne claims she is the actual sufferer of her husband
Like Payne, the girl had been made to have 5 tattoos of his identify inked on probably the most non-public elements of her physique.
‘Locations you may solely see if I’m bare. He made me get these as a result of he wouldn’t let me discover another person. These can’t be eliminated, they’re very darkish and in thick writing,’ she informed the courtroom.
However many who know the convicted killer, together with her sons, say ‘she’s already executed her time’ after residing together with her abusive companion and ought to be let out.
‘She lived for 14 years in hell with a monster,’ her son Jamie, informed the Herald Solar.
‘The youngsters want her. The neighborhood wants her. All of us want her.’
A person who lived down the highway from the Payne’s claimed ‘there’s not a doubt on the earth’ Noel was planning to kill Rebecca, their two sons who lived there and the opposite girl.
‘She saved no less than 4 lives. She didn’t know whether or not she was going to go to mattress and get up the subsequent morning. Or whether or not her boys have been going to go to mattress and get up the subsequent morning,’ the neighbour stated.
Her pal who lived close by, John, echoed his sentiments saying ‘It’s not truthful’ and that she is the actual sufferer.’
Crown prosecutor David Glynn dismissed claims Payne was something lower than a chilly blooded killer.
He had earlier informed the jury that after Mr Payne had handed out, she wrapped his physique in a blanket and stashed him away in an empty chest freezer out again.
Lastly, she tied the lid down with straps, making certain he had ‘no likelihood of escape’.
‘It will need to have been ghastly. I imply to only try this, to do what she did to him. That’s one thing that anybody I feel who wasn’t a psychopath – I’m not suggesting she is one – would recoil from,’ he stated.
‘It could require a big diploma of dedication and grit to do what she did … she had that grit, she had that foresight, she had the dedication, however she utilized it to this goal, that’s homicide, fairly than a unique manner that she might have extracted herself, particularly figuring out a solution to depart that marriage.’
Payne can be sentenced subsequent week.
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