Queensland Woman Jailed for Killing Ex-Partner
The sister of a man fatally shot by his former partner at a Gold Coast home has lashed out at the woman in a Queensland court.
Linda Annette Currie, 50, was sentenced to seven years' jail at a Supreme Court hearing in Southport on Monday for shooting Gabriel Orchard, 43.
Currie pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder and, with time already served, will be eligible for parole from December 21, 2018.
The sentence angered Mr Orchard's family with one of his sisters interrupting Justice David Boddice to hurl abuse at Currie.
"Rot in hell you scum ... you murdered my brother," the woman yelled as she was escorted from the courtroom by a police officer and other family members.
The court heard Currie had grabbed a gun, given to her in the past "for safekeeping" by Mr Orchard, when he came to the Labrador home in August 2016.
The pair wrestled for the weapon around a kitchen table before it went off, shooting Mr Orchard once in the chest.
He died shortly afterwards.
Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said the pair had been in a violent domestic relationship some years before, and Currie had shown distress and remorse to police upon their arrival at the scene.
"I should have just taken a beating," Currie told police.
In sentencing, Justice Boddice acknowledged Currie's remorse and the nature of the pair's former relationship but added her offending was serious and she had intended, briefly, to cause harm to Mr Orchard.
"It's a terribly tragedy that you have taken the life of another human being," Justice Boddice said.
"The loss of that human being has been devastating for the family."
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Orchard's mother Kathleen said the loss of her first-born son had left a "gaping hole" in her life.
"No one should lose a child like that," her statement said.
Mr Orchard's sister Katie said in her statement that explaining what had happened to her children had been particularly galling.
"My heart has been shackled," she wrote. "In an instant it was all gone."
Mr Orchard's family wept openly during the sentencing, while Currie wiped away tears from the dock.
Outside court, Mr Orchard's father Mac expressed his disappointment at the sentence.
"Not bad for murder, is it?" he told reporters.
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