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Victim's life perfect until she met Quinn

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Toby Mann

Cherie Vize had a "perfect" life, and her proud parents hoped their only child would one day be well-known for her art and provide them with the joy of grandchildren.

But then she met Michael Quinn.

After a three-year on-and-off relationship, Quinn became overcome with jealousy, and brutally stabbed the 25-year-old five times in the neck, leaving her to die in a "scene of carnage" in the front yard of his family's Wollongong home.

After killing her in July 2013, Quinn turned the knife on himself, stabbing himself twice in the chest and once in the neck, which left him a quadriplegic.

In September, the 27-year-old was found guilty of Ms Vize's murder.

On Friday, during his sentence hearing, his defence barrister Janet Manuell said Quinn had inflicted upon himself a punishment greater than any court could impose and he would be "imprisoned" within his body for the rest of his life.

Ms Vize's family has been devastated by her savage murder, and a family representative told the NSW Supreme Court how their future has been destroyed and lives shattered.

"Cherie was our only child, beautiful and loving in her own special way," her mother Evansueda Vize wrote in a victim impact statement.

"All our lives revolved around her, the only person that held our family close together.

"We miss her every day. We miss her joy, care and warmth that she brought into our lives. We miss her smile and her hugs. This is all gone forever."

Quinn, 27, attacked Ms Vize with a small paring knife after seeing a message on her phone about buying the morning-after pill when their relationship ended and she started seeing someone else.

In the 11 days before the murder Quinn, an obsessive compulsive order sufferer, who used to frequently shower and scrub his legs, phoned her 227 times.

The Vize family have been left without the chance to pamper and love grandchildren they had hoped for, and the daughter they knew would take care of them as they aged.

Evansueda Vize said it was "unfortunate" her daughter had met Quinn.

"She was a young talented woman with a great future waiting for her," the court heard.

"Her life was perfect until this heart-breaking incident happened."

She was beautiful and loving, and the parents had hoped her art would one day lead to her being well-known.

Quinn, who the court heard has offended four times while in custody, wrote a letter in which he says he wishes he had "not done this".

"There is no way to process such an irredeemable offence, of taking a life," he said in his self-described "letter of remorse".

"I have taken away possibility, the possibility of motherhood, the possibility of a satisfying and meaningful career, the possibility of grandchildren, the possibility of a full and happy life."

Throughout his judge-alone trial, Quinn denied murdering Ms Vize and told the court she had been injured while trying to stop him from hurting himself.

Justice Robert Beech-Jones is due to sentence Quinn on December 2.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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