The Minister of Corrective Services NSW has proposed that Ivan Milat's family should set up an online fundraiser to pay for his funeral.
The 74-year-old, who killed seven backpackers and hitchhiker between 1989 and 1992, died on Sunday – and told his family that Corrective Services NSW wanted to pay the bill for his funeral.
Corrective Services NSW minister Anthony Roberts said his department would not pay a cent for burying the disgusting murderer, while the Milat family insists that it should.
& # 39; If they don't punch the money properly, they can keep their mouths shut, & # 39; said Roberts 2GB on Wednesday.
Ivan Milat died on Sunday and said he wants Corrective Services NSW to pay for his funeral. Pictured: Ivan Milat and his girlfriend Maureen Murray
& # 39; If the Milat family is so upset about this, they can start a GoFundMe campaign to bury Milat. & # 39;
Roberts said that Corrective Services NSW will sometimes, at its discretion, give money for the prisoner's funerals.
He said that Milat had been told this by a priest, but it was not promised to Milat.
Corrective Services NSW minister Anthony Roberts (photo) said his department would not pay a cent for Milat's funeral – despite the fact that Milat insisted that she
Despite the insistence of Mr. Roberts, his department will not contribute money to the funeral of the serial killer that another government agency should have.
& # 39; If the NSW police determine that Milat is destitute, NSW Health must arrange a funeral director for burial or cremation, & # 39; said Roberts.
When someone dies while in custody – even from natural causes – his body is taken for a coronal examination. The police are also investigating their financial situation.
There has been much speculation about what should happen to Milat's body.
His brother said that because he has more than four hundred years left to serve his sentence, he should be thrown back in Long Bay prison.
Bill Milat and New South Wales prisons minister, Anthony Roberts, are locked up in a tense confrontation about who will pay for the funeral of the backpacker murderer.
Milat was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences for the murders of respective backpackers – and now his brother's joke has suggested that he be sent back to prison
Milat is determined to stick to his weapons and follow the dying wish of his 74-year-old brother that the family does not pay a cent for the funeral.
& # 39; I'm not going to pay anything & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday, before throwing away some very unlikely suggestions about what to do with the body.
Milat told Daily Mail Australia that he didn't mind what happened to his brother – whether he is left on ice in the morgue indefinitely, and even suggested that he be thrown back into prison.
& # 39; I don't care where (he goes) – they can put him back in Long Bay, & # 39; he said.
Stretched Distance: Bill Milat (left) refuses to pay for his brother's funeral because it was his last wish
Above is a peek inside a cell in Long Bay prison. Ivan spent most of his thirty years in prison behind bars
& # 39; He received seven sentences of life, he did one, so that means that there are still six (penalties of) seventy-four years to go.
& # 39; What is what, four hundred and forty-four years? & # 39;
He kept discarding other suggestions because he insisted: & We are not going to claim the body, we are not going to do anything.
& # 39; They can do it on Macquarie Street, they can do whatever they want. & # 39;
But there was one exception – he ruled out the spreading of the ashes of Milat in the Staatlo Forest Belanglo, that the Milat & # 39; s family never wanted to offend victims.
The family has explicitly ruled out that he scatters his ashes in the state forest, despite troll suggestions online, and says his final grave will be unmarked
Bill Milat is reading the latest letter from his brother Ivan this week asking for & # 39; the funeral of a pauper or whatever is appropriate & # 39;
Milat received a letter from his brother, days before his death, stating that he does not pay & contribute to my funeral services in any way & # 39 ;. The backpacker assassin suggested a funeral.
& # 39; That was not what his last wishes were and it is that simple, & # 39; said the stubborn brother or sister.
In his statement earlier this week, Minister Roberts said: “Hell will freeze before Corrections pays a penny for this man's funeral.
Joanne Walters, 22 (left) was stabbed to death by Ivan Milat. Her girlfriend Caroline Clarke, 21, (right) was shot 10 times as if she were the target. The pair disappeared in April 1992
Former prison governor John Heffernan said that if no one comes forward, Corrective Services or the NSW government will bury Milat
& # 39; Ivan Milat's body remains on ice until the family withdraws cash or the family can tell the police where the bodies are buried. & # 39;
A spokeswoman for Corrective Services said the agency sometimes provides a funeral grant to families of prisoners who have died in custody, & that will certainly not happen in this case & # 39 ;.
But former prison governor John Heffernan, who worked in prisons for three decades, somehow said the government would probably have to pay for it.
& # 39; If no one comes forward, given that he died in custody, Corrective Services must do his best and they must bury him & # 39 ;, he said.
Mr. Heffernan said: & I would not be able to give things if they were to take him to the sea and throw him overboard. Most people probably think so.
& # 39; We can't do that – we're supposed to be a human society & # 39 ;.
NSW Health, which currently has its body on ice, was approached for comment.
Deborah Everist (left) and Anja Habschied (right) were among the seven victims of Ivan Milat. Everist, 19, died after being stabbed several times. Habschied, 20, was beheaded
THE FINAL LETTER FROM IVAN MILAT TO HIS BROTHER COMPLETE
Before he died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 74, Ivan Milat wrote this last letter to his brother Bill:
Hello and maybe everything is fine with you and your family. Things are quite skewed with me, but while I would like you to know that years ago you were nominated by CS NSW as my surviving contact person, that is Corrective Services New South Wales.
Because of my health problems, I wish to leave you everything I have. All funds, funds on my prison account and assets of all other assets, legal and procedural and objection revision documents that are in the possession of Corrective Services NSW on my behalf. Above all, I ask William (address) that I thank you for this.
I realize and am aware that this letter may not be my legal will and will in my opinion. CS NSW Government Services and possible procedures, I believe. But I hope that this letter clearly shows my intentions and wishes that you will receive Bill my funds and legal documents.
Keep this letter to show your lawyer that you are the only beneficiary. Please do not pay for my funeral services or contribute in any way. CS NSW to finance it all. A funeral of paupers or whatever is appropriate. I have assured the NSW CS Commissioner of my wishes.
I am innocent of the crimes that have been convicted.
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