Tony John Smith, 51, killed mother-of-four Karen Rae and dumped her body beside Frankston Freeway in April 2015, but didn’t reveal the burial location for 20 months
A man who strangled a woman to death while they were having sex has been jailed for 13 years.
Tony John Smith, 51, killed mother-of-four Karen Rae and dumped her body beside Frankston Freeway in April 2015, but didn’t reveal the burial location for 20 months.
On Friday Supreme Court judge Kevin Bell said the death was directly related to Smith’s ‘disrespectful, contemptuous and misogynistic’ views towards women.
Smith, who is British, was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for 13 years on Friday.
Justice Bell said Ms Rae died as Smith choked her during consensual sex in his car.
To strangle a person with bare hands takes time, he said, and rejected suggestions Ms Rae’s death happened quickly.
‘Your interest in strangling or choking women during sexual activity, such as occurred with Karen, is directly related to disrespectful, contemptuous and misogynistic views and opinions that you expressed about women generally and Karen personally after, and by reference to, her death,’ Justice Bell said.
Tony John Smith strangled a woman to death while they were having sex. He has been jailed for 13 years
Smith, who was arrested in December 2016, took steps to evade responsibility for 48-year-old Ms Rae’s death.
He buried her body, crashed a car into a tree and had it crushed, and continued to blame others for her death as late as January 2017.
During conversations with police during an undercover operation, he told a female officer he wanted to ‘choke her out and run a train on her’.
He told another he liked to put small-framed women in the boot of his car and later described Ms Rae as a ‘thing’ and a ‘creature’.
He’d earlier told his former partner ‘any other s*** who said anything (about Ms Rae’s death) would be buried on top of [Ms Rae] and never be found’ and told his partner police would never find ‘the bitches’.
Justice Bell said Smith’s views on women were utterly inconsistent with the rights and standards of equality, respect and decency expected.
Smith buried Ms Rae’s body, crashed a car into a tree and had it crushed, and continued to blame others for her death as late as January 2017.
‘No woman and certainly not Karen is a piece of meat, a sex slave to be strangled or choked, someone to be put in a car or run a train on, or a thing or a creature to be non-consensually strangled or choked by a man using his power to obtain sexual pleasure at the appreciable risk of the woman’s death,’ he said.
Smith wrote a letter of apology to Ms Rae’s family, which Justice Smith said appeared to be sincere.
Ms Rae’s mother Christina Boyle said the thought of her daughter disposed of like garbage was incomprehensible, painful and horrific.
Smith has spent nearly 18 months on remand and will be eligible for parole after 10 years.
The UK citizen is likely to be deported after his sentence.
Her body was found dumped near Frankston Highway some 20 months after her death