A man who stabbed his neighbour to kill him after they exchanged words on a balcony has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Key points:Kane Grewal stabbed the 31-year-old victim at his Perth home on July 4 after an argumentKane said he felt “no right” to kill his neighbour”After an argument on the balcony, Kane Grewel stabbed the victim in the back and neck”The defendant had no right to murder him,” Judge Richard Bunn said.”
He was not a violent man.
“The attack was reported to police in June last year.
Kane admitted a number of charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault, and was also found guilty of causing serious injury to a person over the age of 16.
Karen Prentice-Brown, 34, who lived with Kane at his apartment, was stabbed to death while her children were in a car seat in the early hours of July 4, 2015.
Her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Jones, was also injured in the attack.
Police believe Kane and Ms Prentice were involved in a series of fights before the murder.
The court heard Kane and Mr Jones were friends but he was estranged from Ms Jones and had no family in Perth.
Kanes family moved to the state in 2009.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Prentices said she had lost a partner, her best friend, her mother, her father and a brother.
She said she could no longer live with Kane.”
Kane and I have never been together, but we have always been close friends and that has been a source of pain to me for years,” she said.