Man sentenced to 27 years jail for murder

A MAN has been sentenced to 27 years jail for the murder of a woman, whose body was then dumped in Nambrok.

Shaye Kotiau, 23 from Altona, pleaded guilty in May to murdering Ballarat woman Tamara Farrell last year.

After being killed in the Ballarat suburb of Canadian, Ms Farrell’s body was found naked and burned in Nambrok, 300 kilometres away.

Kotiau must serve 22 years in jail before being eligible for parole. He had already served 507 days in pre-sentence detention.

The court heard Kotiau and his sister Kiehan had visited the home of Ms Farrell, a family friend, and engaged in a heavy six-hour drinking session.

The court was told Kotiau murdered Ms Farrell in her bedroom after everyone else had gone to bed.

That night, Kotiau told his girlfriend the murder was “brutal” before asking his sister to dispose of the body.

There was evidence Kotiau had swung a hammer and a chisel at Ms Farrell’s face. Petrol was poured over her body and set alight.

Justice Paul Coghlan said the circumstances of the murder remained unknown, but it was evident Kotiau’s actions were to conceal Ms Farrell’s identity.

While satisfied Kotiau was remorseful, Justice Coghlan said the sentence reflected a “serious example of this serious offence”.

Kieahn Kotiau was last month sentenced to a 12-month community corrections order for her role assisting her brother disposing of the body.