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Vic man gets 19 years over fatal stabbing

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Melissa Meehan

A Victorian "vigilante" who fatally stabbed a man he blamed for burgling his house and stealing televisions and an iPad will spend at least 15 years behind bars.

Daniel Nathan Parry, 37, was on Friday sentenced to 19 years in jail with a minimum of 15 years over the 2015 killing of 30-year-old Garry Coulson.

Parry had previously pleaded guilty to an amended murder charge of unintentional killing in the course or furtherance of a crime of violence.

Mr Coulson died in an ambulance on the way to hospital after he was attacked in his bed at a home in Werribee by Parry and two others last year.

An autopsy showed his death was caused by multiple incised wounds.

The pathologist found a total of 21 stab wounds, including some beneath the jaw, and on the left side and lower part of the chest.

In sentencing him in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice Christopher Beale said Parry's home was burgled in late June last year, with electrical goods, including televisions, laptops and an iPad, stolen.

Parry - who used half a gram of the drug ice daily and smoked up to an ounce of marijuana weekly and 20ml of GHB on weekends - believed Mr Coulson was to blame, but had no hard evidence.

"You decided to take the law into your own hands believing the victim had burgled your own home. You acted as a vigilante with all the risks that entails," Justice Beale said.

The trio ambushed Mr Coulson at the Werribee home by bursting into his bedroom where he and his girlfriend were asleep.

Parry told police he had "cracked" Mr Coulson with a aluminium bat and a fight broke out before Mr Coulson produced a knife, Justice Beale said.

He told police they struggled over the knife and he didn't really know what happened, but Mr Coulson "dropped" and Parry was holding the knife.

If not for Parry's early plea, he would have been sentenced to 23 years' imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.

Parry showed little emotion as the judge handed down his sentence.

He has already served 493 days of pre-sentence detention.

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