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Pedo murderer to be supervised after jail

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Toby Mann

A self-proclaimed vigilante murderer who suffocated an accused pedophile with a wet tea towel after bashing him unconscious will be supervised for three more years despite his maximum sentence expiring.

Andrew Mark McGrath was 19 when he was sent to jail for a minimum 13-and-a-half years and maximum 18-years over the December 1998 murder of John Lund, who was being investigated over allegations he had been sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl.

The now 37-year-old's sentence expired on Saturday and he has been on parole since May 27 but will be subjected to an extended supervision order (ESO) for the next three years, following a judgment by Justice Peter Johnson in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.

It came after Justice Johnson considered "whether the court is satisfied to a high degree of probability that (McGrath) poses an unacceptable risk of committing a serious violence offence if he is not kept under supervision."

"A period of three years is a substantial one, which will allow the benefits of the ESO to apply to McGrath as he continues his reintegration into the community," Justice Johnson said.

McGrath, the court heard, has had trouble letting go of the "distorted" perspective that he is a protector of possible child sex-abuse victims - the same twisted ideal he believed when he travelled from his Fennells Bay share house to Mr Lund's Muswellbrook home on December 13, 1998.

Having heard allegations Mr Lund had raped a child, McGrath responded that he would "sort it out".

"The victim was bashed into unconsciousness or semi-consciousness and, thus inhibited from defending himself, he was suffocated with a wet tea towel," the original sentencing judge, Justice Michael Grove, said in his remarks.

"He left the body in the house and returned to Fennells Bay."

Two days later a constable entered Mr Lund's house through a small bathroom window.

Soon after noticing a body lying face up on the lounge floor, the officer had to flee due to the stench from the decomposing corpse.

Three days later, McGrath was arrested.

Cards, which he admitted taking from Mr Lund's wallet, were found during a search of McGrath's home.

He also confessed to the murder.

"(McGrath) proclaimed himself ... as a type of vigilante engaged in protecting children," Justice Grove said.

Between the murder and his arrest, McGrath had boasted to his flatmate about his actions.

"I wouldn't be surprised if I fractured his f***in' skull," he said, according to court documents.

McGrath was paroled in November 2014 but it was revoked in February 2015 after he established a social media page describing himself as "The tea towel bandit".

McGrath remained inside until being released earlier this year.

He will be subjected to a stringent set of conditions as part of his extended supervision order.

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