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19 years jail for murdering landlady
Veronica Messina's body was dumped in a bush grave. Picture: Supplied

A man with a history of violence against women will spend at least the next 19 years in prison after admitting to killing his landlady and dumping her body in a bush grave outside Kalgoorlie.

Paul Banbery admitted to murdering Veronica Messina in June 2012, after she went missing from her home without a trace.

But his guilty pleas only came after an undercover police operation which was compared to that which eventually captured the killer of Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe.

The WA Supreme Court heard how Ms Messina was strangled, wrapped in plastic, placed in a bin and then dumped by Banbery, who has a history of violence against women.

He then fled to Perth, withdrawing $2800 from her bank account.

He initially denied any involvement in her disappearance.

But after covert police befriended him, Banbery was persuade to take them to where he had dumped Ms Messina on the pretence of robbing the body of a piece of jewellery.

He also signed a written confession given to the undercover police.

The West Australian

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