A 21-year-old Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.
A 21-year-old Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.

Sex worker murder:"I've killed her, I've finally killed her"

CONVICTED murderer Adam Kennedy screamed, "I've killed her... I finally killed", the day his sex worker girlfriend was bashed to death at Toormina, court documents have revealed.

The 24-year-old, who was jailed for a minimum of 17 years last month, had been a client of former New Zealand sex worker Debara Martin, before they started dating in late 2011.

In delivering his judgment, which was published this week, Justice Geoffrey Bellew expressed his sympathy to members of Ms Martin's family, who had tendered victim impact statements to the court during Kennedy's sentencing hearing earlier last year.

It was noted that in the months leading up to her death, Ms Martin told friends and family Kennedy, who was almost half her age, had held a knife to her throat and hit her.

Police were told Ms Martin had suffered a black eye and swollen face but could not be convinced to report him.

The court heard the arguments between the couple centred on Ms Martin's decision to go back to being a sex worker.

On the night of May 3, 2012, Kennedy's brother Luke and his friend had been woken in their home at Tewinga, west of Nambucca Heads, to the sound of Kennedy stumbling around drunk, yelling and bashing on the front door.

Mr Ware said he was so frightened of Kennedy's "drunken rampage mumbles" that he hid in a nearby paddock for several hours.

Luke Kennedy told police that on the scale of one to 10, his brother was drunk at a level of 11. He said his brother had asked him to help him dispose of Ms Martin's body but he had refused.

He went to the Macksville Police Station and reported the murder.

Police discovered Ms Martin's body on a sofa in the living room of the Tewinga home. Her face was heavily bruised and swollen, blood soaked her hair and was draining from her mouth and her denture plate was tangled in her hair.

Kennedy was later arrested driving drunk on the Pacific Hwy towards Taree. During his police interview Kennedy told officers he had reacted to Ms Martin telling him to "get out of the house before I f***ing stab you".

After bashing Ms Martin, Kennedy phoned his father and said he had done something "really, really stupid".

The court heard he had intended to take her to hospital but when he reached the turn-off he became "overwhelmed with the prospect of being arrested".

Justice Bellew said that while Kennedy was not a child, some allowance should be given to his youth.

He noted however that Kennedy's criminal history suggested he was "not a person of good character" and was not entitled to leniency on that basis.

Kennedy was sentenced to a total of 23 years in jail. He will be eligible for parole in June, 2031.  



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