A Sydney man who brutally murdered his former partner before knocking his son unconscious has been sentenced to a total of 34 years prison, with a non parole period of 25 and a half years.
Stephen James Boyd, 53, was found guilty of murdering his former partner Tina Kontozis at Bundeena, south of Sydney, in 2016.
The court heard Boyd, an alcoholic, beat Ms Kontozis multiple times with a cricket bat and stabbed her with several knives in a drunken rage.
When his son Daniel Boyd, now 19, came home to find his mother murdered, Stephen Boyd knocked him unconscious.
Daniel and other family members wore a white ribbon in court, a symbol used to raise awareness of domestic violence.
In sentencing, Justice Lonergan told the New South Wales Supreme Court: “This was an offense of very substantial gravity”.
The court heard Ms Kontozis was a respected member of the community and worked in a local children centre.
“It was very evident how loved and admired Tina was given the very full court room,” Judge Lonergan said.
The judge said she would refrain from reading all the injuries but described some including that the victim’s skull was do damaged her brain was exposed, part of a finger cut off, and bits of wood stuck in her body.
Judge Lonergan said Stephen Boyd showed a lack of remorse for his actions and had not taken significant steps to manage his anger and alcohol problems.