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Vic duo jailed over pot grower killing

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 By Melissa Iaria

The brains behind the robbery of an elderly Victorian cannabis grower told his co-offenders to give the 75-year-old man "a bit of shake, rattle and roll" before he was savagely beaten and left for dead.

Garren Philp enlisted Dean John Brooks and Daniel Thomas O'Donnell to join him in robbing Raymond Parker at his Bayles home, believing he had a hidden stash of $250,000.

Mr Parker was a long-time cannabis grower and had been selling bags of cannabis worth thousands to Philp before his death in the bungled robbery in January last year.

On Wednesday, Philp and Brooks were each jailed for nine years with a minimum six years for what Supreme Court Justice Karin Emerton labelled a vicious and protracted assault.

Both had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The judge found Philp, then 44, instigated and "implicitly orchestrated" the assault on Mr Parker at his home and used the younger Brooks, then 23, as an "instrument of his work".

On the night of the robbery, Philp used methamphetamines with Brooks - his girlfriend's son - before the trio set off for Mr Parker's home.

Philp was "hellbent" on finding the hidden cash and told his co-offenders they should give their target "a bit of shake, rattle and roll".

Mr Parker was beaten and cut with a knife in the master bedroom after yelling out, "Who's that in my house?"

O'Donnell later told police he saw Brooks tie a cord around Mr Parker's neck, while demanding to know were the money was.

O'Donnell had tried to call for an end to the attack but his pleas were ignored by his co-offenders.

Justice Emerton said Brooks was the most active in the savage attack which unfolded in darkness on the frail Mr Parker.

While Philp was not there when the assault began, he would have known it was serious, she said.

"Mr Parker was alone and there were three of you," the judge said.

"He was near naked and extremely vulnerable.

"It must have been a terrifying experience for him."

Mr Parker was discovered dead six days later by a friend who went to check on him.

The father-of-five had multiple blunt force injuries on his body, leaving his loved ones shocked and traumatised by the manner of his death.

Justice Emerton said Brooks and Philp's offending was a serious example of manslaughter and their moral culpability was high.

Both had longstanding issues with drug abuse.

The third offender, O'Donnell, 50, was jailed in July for three-and-a-half years, with a minimum of two, after also pleading guilty to manslaughter.

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