Man jailed for 18 years for killing Irish backpacker in Melbourne
Luke Wentholt behaved like ‘crazy monster’ when he killed David Greene
Ms Pullen, in her police statement, said: ‘‘There was blood everywhere.’’
She yelled “What the f--- are you doing?” to the bare-chested and barefooted Wentholt when she saw him stomp on Mr Greene’s head.
Mr Greene, a bricklayer, had travelled to Australia in January 2011 for a better life because of the recession in Ireland and spent some time in Perth before moving to Melbourne in January last year.
He became manager at the Lynedoch Avenue boarding house, making sure the property was clean and collecting rent from tenants.
Mr Green’s parents and their two other sons were by David’s bedside when his life support machine was turned off at 8pm on September 6th. He died at 3.05am the next day.
His mother, Catherine, described in her victim impact statement how she could not imagine ever being happy again after her son’s death.
Mrs Greene said she would never forgive Wentholt for what he had done.
And David’s father, Aidan, said he would always feel guilty for loaning his son the money to come to Australia.
Mr Byas, who was in an induced coma for five days before spending more than six weeks recovering in hospital, is expected to make a full recovery after returning to Ireland but has not yet been able to return to work as an electrician.
In his victim impact statement, Mr Byas said after his release from hospital he tried his hardest to pretend everything was fine and he had not been affected by what had happened.
‘‘As time has gone on I have come to the realisation that it is completely impossible to go through something like this and not be seriously affected,’’ he said.
‘‘This will impact my life forever and there’s no escaping that fact.
‘‘I feel like I will have serious trouble trusting people again.
‘‘I feel like I’ve been sheltered from pure evil my whole life and now that I have been exposed to it, things can never be the same.
‘‘I lost a very close friend in Davie and that completely eats me up inside. And for what?
‘‘I just don’t think it’s fair at all what happened to us. We were the last two people that deserved this and it makes me absolutely furious.’’
Mr Byas said he had been in Australia for about six months before crossing paths with Wentholt and it was the most beautiful country he had ever seen.
‘‘I also met such friendly people over there, some of whom I would consider friends forever.
‘‘Unfortunately now when I think of Australia I just think of evil, heartache and sorrow.’’