The men who raped and murdered a beauty queen in a crime that shocked Australia have cost taxpayers more than $ 17 million while rotting in jail.
Anita Cobby, 26, was walking home late at night in Blacktown, west of Sydney, after enjoying dinner with friends when she was abducted on the street and abducted by five men in 1986.
The beauty queen and the nurse were put in a car and sexually assaulted before being dragged through a barbed wire fence to an open meadow, where she was raped, tortured and beaten.
A farmer discovered his naked body face down in the open field days later.
They found her with her throat so severely damaged that she was almost beheaded.
Anita Cobby (pictured), 26, was walking home late at night in Blacktown, west of Sydney, when she was abducted by five men in 1986
Five men: Leslie Murphy, 22, Gary Murphy, 28, Michael Murphy, 33, Michael Murdoch, 19 and John Travers, 18 – were convicted of his murder and sentenced to life imprisonment (pictured: Gary Murphy, left, and Leslie Murphy, right
Five men: Michael Murdoch, 19, John Travers, 18, and brothers Leslie Murphy, 22, Gary Murphy, 28, Michael Murphy, 33 – were convicted of his murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
To keep a criminal in a maximum security prison costs $ 108,000 per person, per year.
In the 32 years since his conviction, the five inmates would have cost taxpayers $ 17.28 million when taking inflation into account, Seven news.
Gary Murphy's lawyer, Leigh Johnson, said the case was horrible and recognized the high cost of keeping criminals behind bars.
It's certainly a great cost to the taxpayer. I mean, I've never seen him before, they'll never be released, but they seem to cling to that, "he said.
The crime was so horrible that there was a widespread public outcry and the five men who were arrested after the police captured them were confessed to confess the brutal murder of a 26-year-old in secret tapes.
Travers, the head of the group, was heard saying: "We were all drunk and she fucked us all. So I cut it.
The beauty queen and the nurse (pictured) were tortured, raped and beaten before being thrown into a corral where they found her with her throat so badly damaged that she was almost beheaded.
Michael Murphy (left), 65, suffers from liver cancer and has been transferred from the Long Bay prison in Sydney to palliative care at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick (photo on the right: Michael Murdoch)
"You can not imagine what happened to Anita that particular night," said Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond.
Raymond said men have no remorse for the victim and claim they are almost narcissistic.
Michael Murphy, 65, has liver cancer and has been transferred from Long Bay prison in Sydney to palliative care at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.
Recently he was asked if he would apologize to Mrs. Cobby's family and responded with a lack of remorse.
"Why did I screw up and apologize to the king while you fucked me in this king's room and you treat me like that?" he said.
To keep a criminal in a maximum security prison costs $ 108,000 per person, per year. In the 32 years since his conviction, the five inmates would have cost taxpayers $ 17.28 million