A battered mother of a violent partner refuses to request conditional release, although she was eligible more than a year ago.
Jessie Donker was May 31, 2018 when she was sentenced to five years in prison for the manslaughter of her partner Richard Powell.
Mr. Powell died after the parking sign that she hit with her car cut open his head as if it had been hit with an ax.
Jessie Donker (above) was sentenced to five years for murdering Richard Powell (below)
Outside the court Richard Powell’s parents told the media that the (pictured) sentence of Jessie Donker was ‘just not enough’
Justice Croucher took into account Jessie Donker’s early guilty plea and being the victim of relentless domestic violence
A cracked Supreme Court of Victoria Justice Michael Croucher sentenced the mother of three to a unconditional release of two years in prison.
She had already spent 489 days behind bars and could have run free in just over eight months.
Instead, she continues to rot behind bars in one of Victoria’s most difficult prisons – the Dame Phyliss Frost Center.
A friend of Donker’s who wanted to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia that the battered woman was still tortured to death by her abuser.
“She’s going to serve her full sentence because she can’t handle her children,” the friend said. “She is drenched in guilt about killing their father.”
In Donker, Justice Croucher condemned a verse from an Archie Roach song about domestic violence.
The song Walking into Doors would act as a theme for a long sentence in which he paused to wipe tears from his eyes.
He told the court that Donker had suffered horrific violence for years before she broke the night when Mr Powell was murdered.
Only one night before had he furiously knocked her out of his parents’ house, repeatedly slapped her face and smothered her.
Dark called the police after the crash and ran to Mr. Powell’s house and shouted: “I killed him” (photo of the crime scene)
Dame Phyliss Frost Center houses some of the dirtiest and deadliest women in Australia
Like many times before, the battered woman refused to make a statement to the police or even seek medical help for her injuries.
On this occasion, she did not want the father of her children, who was free on conditional release, to return to prison.
Their two children – Donker had another child from an earlier relationship – already cared for Mr Powell’s long-suffering parents after the couple struggled with drug abuse and homelessness.
After the attack, Donker slept in her car outside a nearby kindergarten in Sunbury, but Mr. Powell found her the next morning.
Justice Croucher said he had pulled her hair out of the car with her and accused her of being a “slut” who had stolen his own family from him.
Donker later told the police ‘she had enough’.
She jumped back in the car and drove him repeatedly to her abuser.
In what Justice Croucher described as a “freakish” event, she swept over a street sign that immediately killed Mr. Powell.
Donker was accused of murder, but pleaded guilty of manslaughter in a prosecution agreement.
Justice Croucher said he was convinced that Donker was provoked and lost control.
Jessie Donker had lived out of her car when she mowed down her violent partner
Jessie Donker hit a pole that hit her partner’s head like an ax and immediately killed him
“In my opinion, it is likely that even the most resilient and good-humored person loses self-control and acts violently if he is pulled through a hair by a car and attacked again in those circumstances.” at the time.
“It is an unusual case in which an unusual punishment is requested.”
On Monday, Justice Croucher told Daily Mail Australia that Donker’s case was one of the hardest cases he had ever dealt with.
Justice Croucher said he was ‘broken’ to learn that Donker had not applied for a conditional release because she had children on the outside.
“It’s just a tragic matter,” he said.
Out of court in 2018, Mr. Powell’s mother, Antonia Powell, said she was very upset when she listened to the judge’s convictions.
“It only gave her side of the story,” Mrs. Powell said.
“It was violent during their relationship, but she was also an instigator.
“She may be out by January, it’s just not enough.”
At the sentence, Justice Croucher noted that the couple’s children were the real victims of her crime.
“Because her own children are the victims of her crime, she will always have a constant reminder of the pain she has caused when she thinks they are without their father,” he said.
With the words of Justice Croucher in her ears, Donker stays behind bars more than a year later.