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Downer murder produces first murder conviction in Canberra since 1998

By johnboy 25 March 2011 46

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No case has created as much heated discussion on this site as the Downer murders of 2008 where Struan Bolas and Julie Franco were killed and their house set on fire in Downer.

In fact the families of the victims are largely responsible for this site bringing in pre-emptive comment moderation.

The Canberra Times reports that Scott Alexander McDougall has this morning been found guilty of both the murders by Justice Malcolm Gray, the first murder conviction in the ACT since 1998.

So if you kill two people, set fire to the house, sit in your car covered in blood until the police find you, and admit the killings, you can, in fact, be found guilty of murder in Canberra.

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Mr Gillespie 10:35 am 30 Jul 11

At the court, I waved to him Goodbye, as he was led away in handcuffs, never to ever see daylight or taste freedom again.

johnboy 10:31 am 30 Jul 11

Where and when did you say that Mr G?

Mr Gillespie 10:25 am 30 Jul 11

EvanJames #43

Huh? Life means life.

“In respect of the murder of Struan Bolas committed on 10 September 2008, I sentence you to imprisonment for life.

In respect of the murder of Julie Tattersall committed on 10 September 2008, I sentence you to imprisonment for life.”

No parole period has been set.

Life means life.

As I said to McDougall, BYE!!

EvanJames 10:20 am 30 Jul 11

15 years. How odd. I thought that murder, with intent, meant life?

cleo 4:43 am 30 Jul 11

Ian # 7

Looks like I was right, the monster got double life, and 5 years for arson, about the ten years when monster can apply for parole, that’s just a charade with the courts, that will never happen to a convicted murderer with double life, especially what the psychiatrist had to say about monster.
I expect monster to try and commit suicide, monster won’t succeed as he is a coward.

cleo 10:44 pm 30 Mar 11

Ian # 7

Yes we shall wait for the sentencing, found guilty of double murder, pleaded guilty to arson, out on parole for attempted murder and grievous bodily harm, did three years for that.
I think the previous judge missed something there. He stabbed another friend over thirty times, and has done at least 5 break and enters.

Oh I think he will be going away for a long long time, I can see back to back life in prison, without parole.

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