Canberra man Josaia Vosikata has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Daniela D’Addario.
Vosikata was arrested in New South Wales in April 2015, having killed Ms D’Addario in her Canberra apartment, before using her car to transport her body to the south coast.
He fled when police pulled him over at Bermagui, sparking a lengthy manhunt.
Ms D’Addario’s body was found in the car’s boot.
Vosikata was arrested about 20 hours later, when a media cameraman spotted him hiding in bushland.
He pleaded guilty to the murder earlier this year.
He later made admissions regarding other offences in a deal with prosecutors, including indecently interfering with Ms D’Addario’s body.
During sentencing hearings in October, the court was told Vosikata developed an “obsession” with Ms D’Addario, and prosecutors called for a life sentence.
Ms D’Addario’s family also spoke of the impact the murder had on their lives, describing it as a “wicked and criminal act”.
Another hearing was told Ms D’Addario pleaded with Vosikata to stop stalking her in the weeks before her death.
Vosikata was today sentenced to 22 years and 10 months in jail, with a non-parole period of more than 18 years.
Vosikata ‘stole everything’ from victim
Outside court, Ms D’Addario’s sister Fiona Knight thanked police and prosecutors for their work, but said she would never forgive Vosikata.
“No sentence that was handed down today will bring my sister back, I’ll never be able to forgive this man for the despicable and shameful acts he has committed no matter how remorseful he claims to be,” she said.
“For no other reason than jealousy he stole from my sister everything she ever had at the tender age of just 35.
“I sat through all the court proceedings and listened to the evidence of how he filmed himself obtaining sexual gratification by indecently interfering with her lifeless body.
Ms Knight requested privacy as the family attempted to move on with their lives.
“Daniela had a beautiful, captivating smile, she radiated warmth and was a very intelligent and caring woman,” she said.
“I will always cherish the memories of us laughing and spending time together, and Mr Vosikata will never steal those from me.”
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