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WA man jailed for sister's stabbing murder

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016

A 47-year-old man who fatally stabbed his sister during a gathering to plan their father's funeral in Western Australia's remote East Kimberley region has been jailed for at least 15 years.

Eric Charles Evans, his brother Dunstan and their sister, whose name is not used for cultural reasons, spent the night of January 19 drinking and arguing at the Billy Goat Community.

The victim rose early to clean the kitchen, and again argued with Dunstan, possibly because he wouldn't help tidying.

As Evans lay in his bed, he became angered by the arguing, so he told his sister to stop cleaning and leave with him, later telling police he felt she was being treated like a slave.

Still drunk from the night before, he then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her once in the back, severing a pulmonary artery and penetrating her lung.

Family members drove the bleeding woman to the Argyle diamond mine, some 30 minutes away, but she died soon after arriving.

"Your defence was that these events happened quickly, without any forethought and when you remained intoxicated," Supreme Court of WA Justice Stephen Hall said during sentencing in Kununurra on Friday.

"This was not a planned or premeditated murder. Rather, it was the product of sudden anger by you, although in the context of tension between you, your brother and your sister.

"The explanation you gave for stabbing your sister, that you wanted to get her out of there and that injuring her might achieve this by her having to go to hospital doesn't make a lot of sense."

Evans, who has been convicted four times since 2011 for wounding and threatening two other siblings, must serve 15 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

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