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Vic man gets life for murdering parents

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Genevieve Gannon

In order to get away with murdering his mother, Ian Thomas had to kill his father.

With church-going Pauline Thomas, 63, lying dead in the Wangaratta family home's shed, Thomas, 38, armed himself with a 12-gauge shot gun and a pick axe handle and waited for his father to return home.

He shot William Thomas once through the chest.

The injury killed the 65-year-old but Thomas, enraged, attacked the body with the pick-axe handle.

He then brought his mother's body into the house, wrapped both of his parents in sheets and doonas, and fled.

While on the road he called his mother and left a chilling message: "Say G'day to dad ... Love you Mum, bye."

After his arrest two days later on April 23, 2013, Thomas told police his father had murdered his mother and he had killed his father in self-defence.

His Victorian Supreme Court murder trial heard he had confessed to his girlfriend Jacinta Emselle that he had strangled his mother because she was nagging and annoying him.

The jury rejected his account, and Ian Thomas was on Monday jailed for life - with a minimum terms of 32 years - for murdering his parents.

Justice Lex Lasry said Thomas strangled his mother and then murdered his father to shift the blame to him.

"It was a calculated plan and callous killing," Justice Lasry said.

Speaking outside the Wangaratta court, Thomas' aunt Libby Thomas said her nephew deserved to be punished.

The fractured Thomas family had initially stood by Ian until the lawyer they hired told them to walk away.

"We visited Ian in the remand centre and he just blatantly lied to us that he didn't do it," Ms Thomas said.

"We looked like fools."

Pauline and William Thomas were "like everyone" she said.

"There was no sign ... of any problems. This came as a real shock."

She said her nephew will never accept responsibility for what he did.

"Because Ian is Ian," she said.

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