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Man jailed over partner’s bashing murder

A South Australian man who beat his partner to death after he woke to find her using his phone has been jailed for at least 20 years.

Bradley Wayne Trussell was found guilty of the murder of Eden Kennett at their Mt Gambier home in the early hours of December 13, 2018.

In sentencing on Friday, Justice Anne Bampton said their relationship was “dysfunctional, unstable, domestically violent and marked by drug use”.

She said when Trussell woke, he became angry that Ms Kennett would not tell him what she was doing.

“You engaged in the fatal beating, inflicting blows on Ms Kennett causing severe and serious injuries,” the judge told the 30-year-old.

“The fatal beating consisted of multiple applications of force to Ms Kennett’s head and body, front and back, and included the use of moderate force sufficient to lacerate her liver and severe force sufficient to fracture her ribs.”

After the attack, Ms Kennett was left seizing and convulsing on the floor but Trussell thought she was “faking it”, Justice Bampton said.

He later carried her to the shower, dropping her twice, before eventually driving her to her’s sister’s home and then to hospital.

Because of the seriousness of the woman’s condition, she was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital but died from a hypoxic brain injury due to sustained low blood pressure, the result of the laceration of the liver and bleeding into the abdominal cavity.

Justice Bampton imposed a head sentence on Trussell of life in prison with a non-parole period of 20 years.

She said there were no special circumstances warranting a term below the legislated minimum.

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