Rae Wilson

'Inadequate' sentence given to deranged killer appealed

THE New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed the 10-year jail sentence handed out to a deranged killer who bashed his dad to death then ran next door and slit the throats of a young girl and her grandmother.

Renzo Da-Pra has always maintained he attacked his father because he believed it was the only way his mother could be spared from the wrath of a fictitious bikie gang that was after his family.

On the day of the 2009 attack, Da-Pra ran next door and when Vivienne Wighton refused to let him use the phone, he turned on her and her 12-year-old granddaughter Emma with a knife.

Ms Wighton survived but Emma died at the scene.

During his trial last year Da-Pra's lawyers claimed he had attacked the innocent pair because he believed their reluctance to let him use the phone meant they were aligned with the bikie gang.

A jury found there was enough evidence to show Da-Pra murdered with intent but the presiding judge took into account a psychologist's opinion that he was suffering from an "illness of the mind" and handed down a 10-year jail sentence.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed the sentence on the grounds it is manifestly inadequate and far below the mandatory 25 years for killing a child in NSW.

Vivienne Wighton was in court, supported by her family.



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