Life for 'execution-style' Tasmania murder

Ethan James
·2-min read

A Tasmanian man with a violent criminal history will spend life behind bars for the cold-blooded execution-style shooting murder of his close friend.

Young father-of-two Jarrod Turner died face down on the side of a rural road north of Hobart in April last year after being lured to his death by Shannon James Duffy.

The pair had spent an evening drinking at a nearby beach with a girl before pulling over in the early hours to urinate.

As Mr Turner did so, Duffy pulled a loaded 12-gauge shotgun from under the passenger seat and shot him at close range in the head.

"This was a cold-blooded killing, carried out in the style of an execution," Justice Alan Blow told Hobart Supreme Court on Friday.

Duffy, who was 30 at the time, was acting in retribution after he heard Mr Turner had sexually assaulted an underage girl.

He borrowed a gun and wrapped it in clothing before arranging to pick up Mr Turner.

Mr Turner, 22, shared a Snapchat video of the pair at the beach.

"He had absolutely no idea that your intention was to cause him harm, let alone end his life," Justice Blow said.

Justice Blow said Duffy had no way of knowing if the sexual assault allegations were true and it didn't matter either way.

"(Your actions were) an affront to the rule of law," he said.

After shooting Mr Turner, Duffy told the girl, who was driving the car, to "f***ing go".

Mr Turner's body was discovered two hours later by a passing motorist and was still warm when paramedics arrived 30 minutes afterwards.

It is not known exactly when he died.

Duffy covered his tracks by throwing the gun into the River Derwent, destroying his clothes and shoes, and hiding out with friends for five days.

He was sentenced to jail "for the term of his natural life" and won't be eligible for parole until April 2037.

His violent criminal history includes armed robbery, and three months before the killing he was found by police sitting in a car "with an intent to commit murder", Justice Blow said.

After shooting Mr Turner, Duffy sent a text message to the underage girl saying it was to demonstrate his love for her.

Justice Blow said Duffy has a "need to appease and please" those around him.

Despite pleading guilty to murder, Duffy gave conflicting and false accounts of events, perhaps to protect others, Justice Blow said.

He noted Duffy's abusive and neglect-riddled upbringing but said he had little hope of rehabilitation after a murder at the worst end of the scale.

"(Jarrod) meant everything to me. He was the backbone of the family," his mother Michelle Chatters said outside court.