Lying murderer jailed for nearly 20 years

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An angry, middle-aged man who stabbed a neighbour over the theft of a laptop and then told "outright lies" at trial has been jailed.

Richard Archer, 49, who was earlier found guilty of murder, was sentenced on Thursday to 19-and-a-half years' jail with a non-parole period of 13-and-a-half years.

David Bradshaw, 54, was stabbed during a scuffle in the early hours of February 16, 2020 at a mutual friend's unit at Kendall Towers in Redfern.

Significantly, Justice Peter Hamill didn't find Archer was motivated to kill, citing substantial doubt based on Mr Bradshaw having only one stab wound and Archer telling his victim words to the effect of "do you want another?"

That comment didn't suggest Archer thought the wounding was fatal and, had he intended to kill, he ideally would have kept going.

Nor did the Supreme Court judge find Archer armed himself with a plan to stab Mr Bradshaw, saying the evidence suggested a chance meeting in the tower block.

"It is of course, extraordinary that any man's death should result from the theft of some personal property," Justice Hamill said.

Archer expressed regret for the killing but maintained it was accidental and in self-defence.

Nothing suggested he accepts responsibility or has remorse, the judge said.

While Archer had spoken of early childhood trauma and displacement, Justice Hamill wasn't satisfied it was truth having heard the offender's testimony at trial that was littered with "inconsistency, self-serving statements, and in some instances, outright lies".

"For example, he initially told police, falsely, that it was Mr Bradshaw who produced a knife and that it was left at the scene. That was a patent fabrication," Justice Hamill said.

His last serious offence also involved stabbing somebody with intent and then telling lies about it.

Justice Hamill reiterated what he told Mr Bradshaw's family earlier, that nothing he did in sentencing Mr Archer could do anything to relieve them of the trauma and pain they have experienced and will continue to suffer.

"I hope that their suffering will ease over time, but I do not know that it will," he said.

"That is because Mr Bradshaw was such an important person in their lives."

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