Just weeks after a popular Victorian family man came to Sydney for work, he was gunned down by a delusional furniture shop owner who claimed he was a secret agent for the Queen.
Brett Jardine was temporarily staying in a campervan in a Kingsgrove car park near his work headquarters but, tragically for him, it also was close to the offices of Statewide Office Furniture.
Shortly before he was shot dead in the early hours of July 26, 2017, the 43-year-old rang triple zero saying a man was hanging around his vehicle and kicking the door in.
That man, Statewide's owner Simon Slavko Stojic, later said the van occupant was an "operative" while he himself was a federal agent who had to shoot him because "either he's dead or I'm dead".
After a Supreme Court trial without a jury, Justice Robertson Wright on Friday found the 49-year-old deliberately shot Mr Jardine twice, causing his death.
But he delivered a special verdict of not guilty of murder by reason of mental illness, finding Stojic was not criminally responsible due to the chronic delusional disorder he suffered at the time.
The judge noted evidence about numerous paranoid and bizarre conspiracy theory statements Stojic made to friends and colleagues in the lead-up to the shooting.
He spoke of being a secret operative for ASIO, the CIA and the royal family, saying the Queen had a private plane on standby at Bankstown airport in case anything went wrong.
Stojic said he was the preferred bodyguard for both Princess Diana and Prince Harry and he'd stopped Australia from being attacked by foreign powers approximately 30 times.
Before Mr Jardine's workmates found his body, Stojic whispered to an associate "there is a dead body in there" and "they are going to find occult s*** in the back of the van".
"He is the kind of guy who can kill you without a gun," he said.
Justice Wright said the unchallenged and consistent opinions of two psychiatrists were that Stojic was suffering from a disease of the mind involving persecutory and grandiose beliefs.
Stojic didn't know the shooting was morally wrong, having incorporated Mr Jardine into his delusional beliefs before acting on this "false psychotic belief system in a highly disorganised irrational bizarre manner".
The evidence showed Mr Jardine was positive, happy, a respected work colleague and open and outgoing, the judge said.
"Mr Jardine's unnecessary death in such shocking and distressing circumstances has no doubt devastated his family and those others who loved him and has been a great blow to them as well as to his friends, his workmates and his acquaintances."
In victim impact statements, his parents told of their heartbreak, saying their kind and helpful son came to Sydney to work to provide a better future for his family.
Stojic will remain in custody indefinitely.