A man who brutally shot his parents for a bottle of wine not only dodged the jail, but also cashed in his multimillion dollar estate and obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Scott Settree will leave with $ 50,000 on each side of his parents' property and will have the costs of the court covered.
Her upset sister Wendy Robinson figured the payment would reach $ 250,000.
"It's not right that they can pay you that amount of money after killing your parents, killing anyone," he told A Current Affair.
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Scott Settree (pictured) will leave with $ 50,000 on each side of his parents' property and will cover the costs of the court
Her upset sister Wendy Robinson (pictured) calculated the final payment scope as high as $ 250,000
Scott Settree shot his parents Ian and Margaret on December 3, 2014.
At that time, the father of two children was divorced and chained in the home of his mother and father in Cobar, a small town in western New South Wales.
The unemployed 46-year-old drank all night at the local trough and slept all day.
Although his parents had endured the chronic drinker and his behavior, his father came to a breaking point after his son drank a $ 40 bottle of wine without his permission.
He sent an angry Scott out of the house to withdraw money from an ATM to reimburse him.
& # 39; He [Scott] "I came home still clearly angry and said to his father:" There's your $ 40, take it in the ass, "said NSW Supreme Court Judge Stephen Campbell during the trial.
"Mr. Settree then began to strangle his father, but quickly released him saying:" It's not worth it ".
Mrs. Settree came in and ordered her son to leave the house.
Scott went to his room.
Instead of packing his bags, he walked back into the living room with a bomb-action shotgun and shot his mother.
He reloaded the shotgun before shooting his father twice, once in the chest and once in the head.
He later told the police that he felt a "sense of relief".
"After the shooting, the defendant returned to the local hotel where he had been drinking before, according to his normal routine," Judge Campbell said.
Scott openly admitted to the waiter that he had killed his parents.
Despite his confession, Scott was found innocent because of mental illness. Two psychiatrists had declared him paranoid schizophrenic.
At that time, the father of two children was divorced and was locked in Ian and Margaret's house (pictured) in Cobar, a small town in western New South Wales.
Scott was only 31 years old when he had his first contact with a mental health service.
In the four months before going to Lismore Base Hospital, Scott had dabbled in marijuana and methamphetamine.
He showed symptoms of paranoia, delusional thinking and visual and auditory hallucinations.
What's more, he later entertained himself with delusions and shared a romantic relationship with actress Penélope Cruz and other artists.
"Although his mental illness in 1999 seemed to be instigated by the defendant's use of methamphetamine, his delusions, paranoia and intense resentment did not diminish with his abandonment of the use of illicit substances and alcohol consumption," the court said. moment.
Judge Campbell said he was convinced that Settree was locked in a schizophrenic deception at the time of the murders.
Scott was ordered to be detained in a mental health correctional facility until it was deemed appropriate to return to society.
Although he was found innocent of two counts of murder, Scott was sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.
With Scott prevented from a conviction, he was able to remain in his parents' will. The total value of its two properties reached $ 4 million.
The will was to halve the large sum between Wendy and Scott.
Although only this month, Judge Geoff Lindsay ruled that Scott would be stripped of his inheritance rights, with conditions. The assumptions being $ 250,000.
A plaque was erected in the small town of Cobar following the death of Ian and Margaret Settree.
Judge Lindsay advised Scott to use the money from his parents' property for "maintenance, education and progress in life."
But Wendy has been devastated by the suggestion that the family try to support her brother.
& # 39; It took beautiful members of the family; took two beautiful grandparents of five magnificent grandchildren, why should the family support him to do what he has done?
Since then, it has prompted a review of the judicial system.
NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said the changes will be made next year.
He said that the wording "not guilty because of a mental illness" will be changed by a verdict that will indicate that the accused involved in the conduct in question, but due to his mental illness, can not be considered criminally responsible.