A MAN who bashed his 18-year-old girlfriend to death in an Ultimo apartment two years ago will spend at least 25-and-a-half years behind bars.
Sentencing Sean Lee King today, Justice Geoffrey Bellew described the attack on Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz as vicious and inhuman. King had subjected his victim to “unimaginable terror”, Justice Bellew said.
King, 27, is to serve a maximum 33-and-a-half years in jail for that murder and for two earlier assaults, in 2010.
In April, a Supreme Court jury found King guilty of the murder of Miss Ajbschitz in her mother’s home. King had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, claiming he had been high on ice and did not intended to kill Miss Ajbschitz, but the Crown did not accept his plea.
The court heard King had sent threatening text messages to his girlfriend in the lead-up to the attack, saying “You don’t know what I can do. You think I’m joking. I’ll kill you. Wait till I see you.”
Miss Ajbschitz, known to friends at the private girls’ school Kambala as “Jazi”, died from blunt force trauma injuries to her heart and liver after “repeated stomping” and an “extreme amount of force”.
“It was clearly a volatile relationship,” Justice Bellew told the court. “He intended to kill her.”
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Ajbschitz’s father, Shlomo Sol Ajbschitz, told an earlier hearing that he had come to Australia for a life free of violence after his family survived the Holocaust. But in “one brutal act” all his childhood nightmares had been “brought to life again”.
“Jazi was my youngest and my only girl,” he said. “Everything I fled from was back and they have stayed with me since Jazi’s death.”
King showed no emotion during the sentence, yawning in the dock.
After the sentencing his mother screamed, “You’ve got to live with what you’ve done” at the Ajbschitz family before storming out of the courtroom.
The earliest King will be eligible for release is April 2037, when he is 51.