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Estate agent jailed for killing ex-lover

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

Ricardo Dasilva's hatred for his former lover led him to creep into her home and bash Amanda Carter so ferociously that her face was unrecognisable.

His anger towards the respected teacher also led him to send anonymous letters to her NSW Central Coast school and to newspapers claiming she was having sex with a student.

In jailing the 66-year-old real estate agent for at least 18 years, Justice Ian Harrison said the murder was gratuitous and unnecessary.

"It inflicted a premature and violent death upon an innocent and much-loved mother, a well-regarded teacher and a dedicated local sporting identity," the judge said on Tuesday.

A NSW Supreme Court jury found Dasilva used an unidentified weapon to murder Ms Carter, 46, as she slept at her Woongarrah home in the early hours of May 16, 2010.

But he still denies the crime and intends to appeal his conviction.

The judge set a maximum period of 24 years, noting there was a "real statistical prospect" Dasilva would die in jail given his present age.

Other people in the community needed to be deterred from committing such crimes, he said.

"It is now an unfortunate and recurring fact that women in intimate relationships with men appear increasingly to be subjected to violence that all too often either leads to or includes their death."

Outside court, a previous partner of Dasilva's, Linda Martin, said he got what he deserved "because it puts him in jail where he can't harm any other women".

One of Ms Carter's three children, Shaun Carter, told reporters the sentence was appropriate, saying "he will be pretty old" by the time Dasilva is released.

Dasilva and Ms Carter met on a dating website in 2006 and had broken up twice before becoming engaged in November 2009.

On Valentine's Day 2010, she broke off with him for the last time but he bombarded her with emails and texts, wrote the anonymous sex claim letters and came to her home uninvited.

Once when she was on her computer in her study in the early hours, she saw him heading towards her bedroom.

He also placed in her letterbox a printed copy of her online conversation with another man in which she made an uncomplimentary reference to her sex life with Dasilva.

Days before the murder she attended court asking about obtaining an AVO and had emailed a friend saying Dasilva "seems to have gone past the not accepting stage and is entering the angry stage".

Dasilva killed because of the failure of the relationship and because he could not accept she was entitled to end it, Justice Harrison said.

That "produced so much hatred" that Dasilva became unable to see any rational way out but to kill the person he considered was the cause of his angst, he added.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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