Jesse Ray Penhall, who survived being shot more than a dozen times in 2008, has been handed a life sentence for bashing a Hells Angels bikie to death with a spanner in Adelaide.
- Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Blue jailed Penhall for life with a 23-year non-parole period
- Penhall was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury last November
- Mr Norris was killed at a Salisbury workshop in September 2017
Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Blue sentenced Penhall to life in prison with a non-parole period of 23 years for the murder of David Norris, 39, at a Salisbury workshop in September 2017.
At trial, Penhall argued that he was acting in self-defence after Mr Norris attacked him — but his claims were rejected by the jury.
“I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Norris did not attack you with a spanner before you hit him with it,” Justice Blue said during sentencing.
“I found it inherently unlikely that Mr Norris would approach you in the manner of which you gave evidence.”
“A clear motive for the attack was never established.”
The jury took less than five hours to find Penhall guilty of murder last November.
During the trial, the Supreme Court heard Penhall beat Mr Norris with a large spanner used for trucks and measuring 60 centimetres while weighing two kilograms.
Prosecutor Jim Pearce told the jury Mr Norris suffered multiple skull fractures, some of which were inflicted as he lay on the workshop floor.
“He was probably motionless, he was certainly unable to defend himself,” he said.
“His battered and bloodstained body was found later that evening.”
The court heard Penhall and Mr Norris were friends and had been talking amicably before the attack.
Penhall opted to give evidence in his own defence, telling the court that Mr Norris struck him first with the spanner and he was forced to defend himself.
After the killing he fled.
Penhall was charged with the shooting murder of Stephen Hydon, a member of the Gypsy Joker outlaw motorcycle gang, in Wallaroo in 2004, but he and his co-accused, Erin Woodward, were acquitted.
Four years later, Penhall nearly died after being shot more than a dozen times during an ambush at Paskeville.
More to come.