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Man threatened mum before murder: inquest

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Angie Raphael

A drug addict in a WA prison repeatedly threatened to kill his stepmother, saying he wanted to eat her, but the information was not relayed properly to authorities and he murdered her less than a month later, an inquest has heard.

The circumstances leading up to Sally Kaur's murder are now being investigated by WA Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker after it was revealed Catalin Alin Borbil had told a chaplain and a fellow inmate he wanted to kill his stepmother.

Counsel assisting the coroner Kate Ellson said on Tuesday that Ms Kaur moved to Perth from Singapore in 2010 and married Borbil's father, but the relationship was marred by violence and she was assigned a domestic violence advocate in 2012.

Ms Ellson said a month before Ms Kaur was killed in December 2013, Borbil was remanded in custody for offences including possessing a controlled weapon, stealing a car and possessing drug paraphernalia.

He told a prison chaplain: "I hate her and if I can get a gun I will put it to her head."

The following day, Borbil told a prisoner he intended to kill his stepmother, put her in a trunk then eat her, and the remark was reported to a prison social worker.

In a second meeting with the same chaplain a few days later, Borbil said: "I say goodbye to her every morning and she just ignores me, I have told her 'one day I am going to f*** kill you'."

Borbil was later granted bail with a condition that he live with his father, but there was no mention of who else lived there.

"More concerning is the fact that no information about any of the threats he had made towards his stepmother was available to the police sergeant prosecutor," Ms Ellson said.

Two weeks later, Ms Kaur was chopping vegetables in her Koondoola home when she was confronted by her 19-year-old meth-affected stepson, who demanded money.

After the 57-year-old victim accidentally cut him with her knife, Borbil stabbed her at least 15 times in the chest, neck and stomach, and ransacked the home, leaving her in a pool of blood.

Borbil was sentenced in 2015 to life behind bars with a minimum of 17 years.

Ms Ellson said what Borbil told the chaplain was not reported to anyone until five days after he was released on bail, while the threat reported to the other prisoner never led anyone to contact Ms Kaur or her domestic violence advocate.

The coroner is examining whether anything could have been done to prevent Ms Kaur's death.

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

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