Parents of David Greene say they cannot forgive son’s killer
Wentholt kicked two Irishmen unconscious during Melbourne party
Crown prosecutor Mark Rochford told the court the party guests then heard raised voices and loud banging noises before Mr Greene and Mr Byas were found lying unconscious on the hallway floor. Mr Rochford urged Justice Terry Forrest to jail Wentholt for up to 21 years.
Ms Pullen, in her police statement, said: ‘‘There was blood everywhere.’’
She yelled “What the f**k are you doing?” to the bare-chested and barefooted Wentholt when she saw him stomp on Mr Greene’s head.
Mr Byas, who was in an induced coma for five days before spending more than six weeks in hospital after the attack, is expected to make a full recovery and has returned to Ireland.
In his victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Byas (28) said he had travelled to Australia six months before the murder with ‘‘such amazing expectations’’.
‘‘So many people I know went before me and always came back with amazing stories and incredible memories,’’ he said.
‘‘Unfortunately now when I think of Australia, I just think of evil, heartbreak and sorrow.’’
Close friend Lisa Murphy, in her victim impact statement, said she never imagined her trip to Australia would lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks and a total lack of self-confidence.
‘‘I can’t find words to explain what it was like to have your closest person be so sick in ICU (intensive care unit). We were alone thousands of miles from home, I felt so scared and helpless.
‘‘I am so angry and sad he didn’t make it back home to see family and friends. It’s every backpacker’s worst fear, every parent’s hell.’’
Defence lawyer Tony Trood said Wentholt had been affected by alcohol on the night and was remorseful for what he had done.
Mr Trood said Wentholt, who had a long criminal record, was now meditating every day in prison to help give him an insight into his feelings of anger.
In 2009, Wentholt was sentenced to 3 1/2 years’ jail for beating and robbing a 44-year-old sex worker after she refused to give money back to him. He had completed his sentence and was not on parole when he murdered Mr Greene.
Justice Forrest will sentence Wentholt on a day yet to be fixed.
Mr Greene, a bricklayer, had travelled to Australia in January 2011 for work and spent some time in Perth before moving to Melbourne in January last year where he became manager at the Lynedoch Avenue boarding house.
His parents and their two other sons were by his bedside when his life support machine was turned off at 8pm on September 6th. He died at 3.05am the next day.