A Casino man was sentenced to 28 years jail on Friday in the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney for his role in the murder of a Glen Innes greengrocer in late 2010.
Matthew Dean Aquilina was the fifth person sentenced over the gruesome murder of 62-year-old Adrian Trevett, whose body was found in a ravine near Tenterfield early in 2011.
Aqulina was found guilty last September. His mother, Karen Dawson, and another man, David Comber, were also found guilty of the murder and sentenced to 23 years jail each last year.
Two other women who were part of the five-strong group arrested over Mr Trevett’s death, Kristine Weston, 33, and Deborah Grant, 34, received 12-month good behaviour bonds for their role in helping Aquilina and Comber after the murder.
The Newcastle Supreme Court last year heard how Mr Trevett, an avid cyclist, was picked up by Ms Dawson, his friend and neighbour, after he went for a bike ride to the Gibraltar Ranges summit on October 28.
He was then taken back to an old butter factory near Mr Trevett’s home, questioned and assaulted by Aquilina with an iron bar before being choked and killed while Dawson and Comber were present.
His body was put into a car and dumped in bushland near Tenterfield with a rope still wrapped around his neck.
Mr Trevett was reported missing by family members a fortnight later, but his body wasn’t found until two months later and the arrests of the group of five responsible soon followed.
Senior crown prosecutor Peter Barnett had said during the trial that Mr Trevett was ‘coldly and calculatingly’ executed at the butter factory.
APN Media reported that when the body was discovered in January 2011, a pathologist found the victim’s genitalia was absent, but he could not conclude if it had been removed by a person or was a consequence of animal predators or heavy maggot infestation.
The court heard that in the lead up to the murder, Dawson and Mr Trevett were neighbours and drinking buddies.
In mid-2010, Ms Dawson complained to her son that Mr Trevett had sexually assaulted her and raised concerns about his sexual behaviour towards children.